Canadian Forest Service Publications

An overview of the Mountain Pine Beetle Initiative. 2004. Wilson, W.R. Pages 3-9 in T.L. Shore, J.E. Brooks, and J.E. Stone, editors. Mountain Pine Beetle Symposium: Challenges and Solutions, October 30-31, 2003, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Information Report BC-X-399. 298 p.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25022

Language: English

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The abundant inventory of mature timber in Canadian forests is a mixed blessing. Mixed, because it attracts premium prices due to relatively outstanding performance characteristics (albeit increasingly mitigated by processing technologies) and low development costs, but the mature age class makes these stands vulnerable to a variety of forest health threats. Securing the wealth in publicly owned forests requires investment in effective monitoring and delivery in controlling a host of forest pests. This paper discusses emergence of the mountain pine beetle to epidemic proportions in British Columbia, outlining the major factors contributing to this epidemic and the federal government's efforts to assist British Columbia in responding to the epidemic.