Log harvest increased for Prince George

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Log truckers will have an additional 2.9 million cubic metres of logs per year to haul out of the Prince George region until the mountain pine beetle epidemic comes to an end.

The annual allowable cut was announced yesterday by chief forester, Larry Pedersen, and the new limits will take effect Saturday. The change brings the total allowable cut for the region to more than 12 million cubic metres.

Over the last year, the mountain pine beetle epidemic has more than doubled, infecting about 428,000 hectares in the Prince George region alone. Increasing the allowable harvest will help slow the spread of the bug and salvage some areas of infested timber.

Pedersen admitted it is simply a short-term solution and won’t rid the region of the voracious beetles.

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