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Fire cost billions in timber lost


September 22, 2003
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Fires burning in BC’s southern interior may have affected 14 billion board feet of lumber, at an approximate cost o…

Fires burning in BC’s southern interior may have affected 14 billion board feet of lumber, at an approximate cost of $5.6 billion, reported the Globe and Mail.
The newspaper said that amount is equivalent to 75% of Canada’s softwood shipments to the United States last year.
The estimates represent some three times the allowable harvest in the area. Major license holders in the southern interior include Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd. of Kamloops, Tolko Industries of Vernon, Riverside Forest Products Ltd. of Kelowna, International Forest Products Ltd. of Vancouver, Slocan Forest Products Ltd. of Richmond and Edmonton-based West Fraser Mills Ltd.

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