Program Reduces Wildfire Hazard Near Myra-Bellevue Park
KELOWNA – To mitigate the impacts of the provincial mountain pine beetle
infestation, a forest fuel and hazard tree management program is being
implemented in Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park.
Planned Burns Reduce Wildfire Hazard
VERNON – As part of the continuing Silver Star Provincial Park Wildfire
Hazard Reduction Project, burns are required to reduce interface
wildfire threats to Silver Star Mountain Resort and the park’s
recreation facilities caused by the mountain pine beetle infestation in
the southwest corner of the park.
Comments Invited on Kamloops Timber Supply Review
VICTORIA – The Minsitry of Forests and Range today released a public
discussion paper summarizing the results of a new analysis for the
Kamloops timber supply area.
B.C. Invests in Forest Science and Research
VICTORIA – The Province is investing $16.1 million in forestry research
and extension that will improve timber growth and value, support
sustainable forest management, and address mountain pine beetle
priorities, Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman announced today.
Pine Beetle Effects on Future Timber Supply Analyzed
VICTORIA – Updated analysis and the latest information on B.C.’s
mountain pine beetle infestation is provided in a new timber supply
report released today, announced Forests and Range Minister Rich
Merritt Innovative Forestry Harvest Levels Extended
MERRITT – The allowable annual cut increase for five companies with
innovative forestry practices agreements in the Merritt timber supply
area will be maintained at 830,700 cubic metres until Aug. 31, 2011, in
part to address mountain pine beetle infestation and reduce potential
losses in healthy timber stands.
Tolko Forestry Agreement Annual Cut Increases
KAMLOOPS – Tolko Industries’ allowable annual cut under its innovative
forestry practices agreement has been increased by 35,000 cubic metres
to 422,890 cubic metres until Aug. 31, 2011, in part to allow harvests
of mountain pine beetle attacked stands with lower volumes of timber.
$800,000 to Southern Interior for Pine Beetle Planning
MERRITT – The Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition has received
$800,000 to help it assess the impact of the mountain pine beetle in the
region and plan its response.
Province to Reforest Beetle-Attacked Areas
WILLIAMS LAKE – Next summer, the Province will plant 3.2 million tree
seedlings in the Williams Lake and Quesnel areas in response to the
mountain pine beetle epidemic, adding to the significant amount of
reforestation being conducted by forest companies, announced Forests and
Range Minister Rich Coleman.
Province Backs Quest to Unlock Mineral Potential
PRINCE GEORGE – Geoscience BC is launching the $5-million QUEST project
in central B.C.’s mountain pine beetle infestation area to help unlock
the province’s mineral potential and stimulate new economic activity,
announced Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger.
Comments Invited on Morice Timber Supply Review
VICTORIA – The Ministry of Forests and Range is inviting public comments
until Aug. 7, 2007 as part of a timber supply review for the Morice
timber supply area. The review is in response to the impact of the
mountain pine beetle infestation.
Harvest Increased for Chetwynd Tree Farm Licence
VICTORIA – Effective today, in response to the mountain pine beetle
epidemic, the allowable annual cut for Tree Farm Licence 48 will
increase to 900,000 cubic metres, deputy chief forester Henry Benskin
More Government Help to Mitigate Pine Beetle Damage
VICTORIA – The B.C. government is investing $95,000 to learn how better
water stewardship may help buffer the impact of the mountain pine beetle
infestation, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced.
Hydro Receives Strong Response to Bioenergy Request
VANCOUVER – BC Hydro received more than 80 responses to its bioenergy
request for expressions of interest, launched last month. The
submissions indicate an early and strong interest in developing projects
to utilize pine – beetle waste wood, sawmill residue and logging debris
to generate electricity.
Williams Lake Harvest Increased in Response to Beetle
VICTORIA – Effective immediately, the allowable annual cut for the
Williams Lake timber supply area will increase to 5.77 million cubic
metres in response to the mountain pine beetle epidemic, chief forester
Jim Snetsinger announced today.
Forest Marketing Boosted
PRINCE GEORGE – Forestry Innovation Investment is investing $1.59
million this year in 18 research and market development projects for
lodgepole pine attacked by the mountain pine beetle, Premier Gordon
Campbell announced today at the annual meeting of the Council of Forest
Omineca Region Receives Beetle Funding
VICTORIA – Communities in the Omineca region will benefit from another
$900,000 to help address the economic impacts of the mountain pine
Kalamalka Lake Project Protects Public Safety
VICTORIA – Forest management in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is
required to reduce public safety hazards as a result of the western pine
beetle, and for the removal of forest fuels to reduce the risk of
Southern Beetle Coalition Receives Start-Up Funding
MERRITT – The Province and the Government of Canada are providing
$50,000 to help establish a group that will lead community-based
planning to mitigate the economic impact of mountain pine beetle in the
Partnering for Diversification in the Nechako Basin
VICTORIA – The Province has provided $200,000 in funding to the
University of Victoria for research to increase the understanding of the
geology, mineral, and oil and gas potential in the Nechako Basin, an
area heavily infested by the mountain pine beetle.
Upper Similkameen Indian Band Secures Woodlot
HEDLEY – The Province has reached a short-term mountain pine beetle
agreement with the Upper Similkameen Indian Band, granting access to
256,480 cubic metres of wood over five years from the Merritt Timber
Classrooms Equipped with Pine Beetle Education Kits
VICTORIA – The Province and the Council of Forest Industries have teamed
up to develop education kits for teaching secondary school students
about the mountain pine beetle and how British Columbia is responding to
Cariboo-Chilcotin Receives Beetle Funding
Communities in the Cariboo-Chilcotin will benefit from another $900,000
to help address the economic impacts of the mountain pine beetle
infestation, Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman and Dick Harris,
Member of Parliament for Cariboo–Prince
George, announced today.
Province and BC Hydro Launch Bioenergy Call Process
VANCOUVER – In support of the BC Energy Plan, BC Hydro today launched
the Bioenergy call process with a Request for Expressions of Interest to
assess the potential of using wood fibre for power production. BC Hydro
is asking for preliminary proposals in order to identify potential
projects that will generate electricity from wood fibre fuel sources
such as beetle-killed timber, sawmill residue and logging debris.
Manning Park Projects Protect Public Safety
VICTORIA – To reduce the impacts of the provincial mountain pine beetle
infestation, an ongoing forest fuel and hazard tree management program
is being implemented in E.C. Manning Provincial Park.
9.2 Million Hectares Affected by Mountain Pine Beetle
VICTORIA – Provincial government aerial surveys show about 9.2 million
hectares of B.C. forests – an area nearly three times the size of
Vancouver Island – are now in a stage of red-attack. This is up from 8.7
million hectares in 2005.
Province Steps Up Fight Against Invasive Plant Species
VICTORIA – The Ministry of Environment is stepping up efforts to control
the spread of invasive plant species in the wake of the pine beetle
outbreak with a contribution of nearly $25,000, Environment Minister
Barry Penner announced today.
Beetle-Killed Trees Have Environmental and Timber Value |
VICTORIA – Stands of trees killed by the mountain pine beetle still
provide environmental benefits and potential timber value if left
standing, according to a Forest Practices Board special report released
Forest Management in Okanagan Parks Protects Public
PENTICTON – BC Parks will be implementing a beetle-related forest
management project in Ellison Provincial Park commencing Jan. 15 and
potentially extending until the end of March 2007. Public access will be
restricted during this time to ensure public safety.