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Economic Values

The primary economic benefits that karst landscapes provide to British Columbia are:

  • Timber – High-value timber resources, particularly those found on Vancouver Island.
  • Agriculture – Karst areas are characteristically rich for agricultural purposes.
    Limestone pit on
    Texada Island
  • Minerals – The quarrying of limestone and dolomite is a major economic activity, providing raw materials and processed products for agriculture, glass and paint manufacturing, concrete production, pulp and paper production. Limestone, dolomite and marble are used for building and ornamental stone.
  • Recreation – Karst generates opportunities for employment and revenue from tourism (attractive surface karst features, underlying caves, high biodiversity).

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