Kamloops, British Columbia — right there in the middle of sawmill country for western North America — area directors in the Cariboo Regional District were given a briefing Monday on the estimated timber losses industry is facing in light of this summer’s devastating wildfire season.
Reasonable expectations are that the immediate loss to merchantable timber supply for other regions and operators will be similar:
“estimated that the fires impacted close to one year of the British Columbia provincial annual allowable cut (AAC) and up to 6-10 years of the AAC in Cariboo management units.”
“depending on the severity of burn, we’re anywhere from two to a maximum of four years before the trees won’t be viable to produce lumber.”
— West Fraser and Tolko Industries to CFJC Kamloops radio Monday