Timber harvest doubled on west coast

VICTORIA, B.C. — Logging companies in north-central B.C. have ramped up production, but they won’t have to worry about sanctions from the government.

The forestry firms have permission to double their timber harvest to help wipe out a potentially devastating mountain pine beetle outbreak.

Larry Pedersen, the province’s chief forester, tells the media he is doubling the annual allowable cut to three million cubic metres of wood in an area slightly to the west of Prince George, B.C.

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