Paper birch is found throughout the British Columbia interior. It is also found in pure stands and in mixture with conifers across a broad range of sites in the Interior Cedar-Hemlock, Sub-Boreal Spruce, and Boreal White and Black Spruce zones.
In the past, paper birch was largely ignored during conifer harvesting and reviled in conifer plantations. Recent recognition of the contribution of broadleaf trees to biodiversity and site productivity and opportunities for the commercial utilization of broadleaves has stimulated interest in managing mixedwoods in British Columbia. Current utilization of paper birch is low in British Columbia (less than 10% of potential, province-wide) but there are opportunities to manufacture birch veneer, plywood, and lumber products for markets in the United States and Pacific Rim countries.
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Updated April 19, 2007