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Mountain Pine Beetle-killed trees. The worst in
recorded history hit the Pacifi c Northwest and
other parts of North America around 2008. A few
weeks of -40 degrees slows them down a bit.
• Grazing on Crown range
(Canadian equivalent of federal
USFS and BLM-managed lands) in
British Columbia is very important
to the ranching industry and the
economy of rural British Columbia.
• Grazed areas that were adjacent
to ranch operations during the
2017 and 2018 wildfi res proved
to be an effective means of reducing
the fi re hazard from fi ne fuels
in forested areas.
We are currently evaluating several
grazing areas adjacent to communities
that were created through forest
fuel management activities on the
effectiveness of reducing wildfi re hazard.
This will guide policy direction.
WR How did your team manage the bug
The mountain pine beetle (MPB)
has always been present in British
Columbia’s forests, but at manageable
population levels. In 1999, MPB population
levels exploded, leading to the
largest incidence of dead and dying timber
in recent North American history.
The province’s MPB infestation is
largely considered to have ended in
2016. The chief forester temporarily
increased the allowable annual cut in
the MPB-affected timber supply areas
to recover economic value before
affected wood could decay, speed
reforestation of the dead forests and
to reduce fuel load that could contribute
to wildfi res.
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