Forest industry in B.C. shrinks by 31 per cent in 2019

By / Colton Davies, Radio NL

Forestry revenues in B.C. took a big hit last year, according to new financial data released by the province.

Mayor Ken Christian says even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry has had a long-lasting softwood lumber dispute with the U.S, and right now has a lack of pine-beetle-killed timber to harvest.

“Both of those have affected the total allowable cut, and we need to right-size the forest industry and that essentially means downsize. And we’re part of that equation.”