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Beetles Chasing Canadian Loggers Down South

July 24th, 2015

Beetles Chasing Canadian Loggers Down South

It’s hard to imagine Canada running out of trees, but conditions in some provinces have gotten so bad that loggers are seeking new territory.  The deforestation of Canada is occurring due to a tiny beetle, black as pitch and the size of a grain of rice.  This demon tree-killer is called the mountain pine beetle.

Climate change has given free rein to the pine beetle, who is responsible for killing more than 700 million cubic meters of pine trees in British Columbia alone.

Put another way, estimates predict that 60 percent of all pine in British Columbia will be killed by the end of the decade.  As a result of this devastation, Canadian companies are scrambling for ways to remain economically viable.

The Southern U.S. is a relative boost for Canadian loggers.  It has advantages the northern territory does not, including end-use buyers who are much closer – geographically and physically – to sawmills.  Southern sawmills also focus on a different pine tree, the southern yellow pine, that grows to maturity in only 25 years.  In Canada, loggers are used to their varieties of pine taking 60 to 80 years to reach maturity.

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