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Forestry minister responds to leaked pine beetle report

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Mountain pine beetles killed these Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) trees in Prince George, BC. (Wikimedia commons)

A confidential, draft government report predicts thousands of jobs could start disappearing in central B.C. within 18 months.

(To read a copy of the report, see below)

It says this province is running out of healthy timber in the wake of the pine beetle infestation.

The report examined the Prince George, Burns Lake, Williams Lake and Quesnel regions.

It suggests up to 12,000 jobs could be lost within five years, if no action is taken.

The report makes several suggestions to save those jobs, including cutting trees in protected areas, visual corridors and areas set aside for wildlife, or even cutting younger trees.

Steve Thomson is the minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, he spoke about the report with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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