Canadian Forest Service Publications

Assessing the economic impacts of mountain pine beetle Infestations in the northern interior of British Columbia. 2004. Patriquin, M.N.; White, W.A. Pages 278-281 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: 25056

Language: English

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The current mountain pine beetle infestation in British Columbia has the potential to significantly impact the economy and forest-dependent communities of the northern interior. This study uses a hybrid approach in the construction of region-specific economic impact models for the Morice Lakes Innovative Forest Practices Agreement Area, the McGregor Model Forest Region, and the larger combination of the two regions. The results will also identify the impacts on the rest of the province. The hybrid approach involves the collection of secondary data to mechanically regionalize provincial data, and the collection of primary data in the form of a business survey examining economic activity to improve the regional nature of the models through a process of superior data insertion. The surveys and model construction are currently underway and the comprehensive project results will be available in the summer of 2004.