Speech to the Western Silvicultural Contractors Association
January 20, 2005
In his speech to the Western Silvicultural Contractors Association in Prince George, Ben Parfitt shows that British Columbia must:
- put the proper resources into researching the beetle attack that has overrun millions of hectares of the province's forestlands;
- adequately fund the work required to figure out a comprehensive and effective response to the unfolding calamity;
- collect the most basic information on what has been lost as a result of the ongoing attack; and
- properly fund a reforestation plan that both helps to ensure that we address a looming timber supply gap, and adequately conserves Interior forests and grasslands in ways that help to create healthier pine-dominated landscapes in the years ahead.