Logging of Forest Reserves Unwise and Short Sighted Option
An Analysis of Opinions on Logging in Forests Reserves – Bill Bourgeois PhD, RPF – HFHC Coordinator
IS LOGGING FOREST RESERVES CONSISTENT WITH SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT (SFM)?
The awareness of major timber supply decreases following the salvage of the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) killed forest stands has been available since the early 2000s. The crisis was not been given public profile until the January 2012 Burns Lake sawmill fire catastrophe and the desire by Government to support re-building the mill fire. The owners of the mill identified they have no interest in re-building the mill unless there is a commitment of a secure timber supply to make the mill viable and sustainable. This generated Government actions to find the timber supply and at the same time deal with the emerging crisis throughout the hard-hit MPB epidemic area (i.e., Smithers to 100 Mile House).