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Kamloops struggles with beetle


November 14, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Government and industry in British Columbia are working together to try and find a solution for beetle-kill wood.

Government and industry in British Columbia are working together to try and find a solution for beetle-kill wood.

According to a recent report by Kamloops This Week, Kamloops Mayor Terry Lake met with representatives from the Ministry of Forests, and companies Weyerhaeuser and Tolko in order to devise a method for contending with wood removed from private property.

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The report confirmed that both companies said they would be interested in some of the material, in the form of hog fuel or wood chips.

Ideas that are currently being discussed involve the purchase of a wood chipper, to be shared by different parts of the city at different times, the application for a timber mark, issued by the Ministry of Forests so that people could sell the wood, and exporting sections of trees that are still healthy.

The report further confirmed that an effective removal of all trees from private property in the Tournament Capital, the equivalent of 25,000 infested pine trees, would cost upwards of $13 million.

A $430,000 pilot program to remove trees has been initiated, and Kamloops has applied for a $1.4 million federal grant.


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