According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, B.C. has let logging companies cut too deep. In a new report it said logging companies in B.C. are quickly cutting down available trees in the province, and the supply is shrinking. Ben Parfitt , a resource policy analyst, wrote that the amount of wood expected to be harvested in the coming years is half the amount logged 15 years ago.
At that time, the area was dealing with the spread of a pine beetle infestation which was laying waste to huge swaths of forests. Their goal was to harvest as many dead trees as quickly as possible before they rotted away.
On Wednesday, Parfitt said “an enormous amount of additional wood was harvested from our forests in a very short amount of time, and that has deepened the crisis that we’re now in, … We are running out of trees in British Columbia. The reason for that is very simple. The industry has logged too much, too quickly, with the government’s blessing.”
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