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B.C. may increase timber harvest to battle pine beetle

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- There isn't much good that can come from B.C.'s pine beetle infestation, but at least log hauler...

VANCOUVER, B.C. — There isn’t much good that can come from B.C.’s pine beetle infestation, but at least log haulers may reap short-term benefits from more hauling activity.

Chief forester, Larry Pedersen, says he is considering increasing the annual allowable cut in the Prince George region by up to three million cubic metres to help stop the spread of the pine beetle.

“The mountain pine beetle infestation has increased dramatically in the Prince George timber supply area and is a major threat to the timber supply,” Pedersen tells local media.

Pedersen says that 100 million hectares of timber are at risk and that the infestation continues to spread. Currently, he is seeking public comments while determining whether or not to increase the allowable cut. A decision is expected Apr. 2.

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