New maps detail pine beetle activity

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A new mapping project targets the best areas for harvesting and reforestation of mountain pine beetle-attacked stands.

Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced on Tuesday the new Mountain Pine Beetle Mapping Project.

The maps show impacts and potential opportunities in stands of 30 per cent or more pine.

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The project’s goal is to extend the economic shelf-life of attacked stands, to harvest more dead pine and fewer green trees, and to accelerate re-growth. Shelf-life is the length of time that dead pine stands can be economically converted to lumber.

Maps include attack severity, attack status, age class, density, and site productivity. All 22 timber supply areas have thematic maps available.

There will soon be opportunities maps, which details salvage priorities based on reforestation factors, shelf-life characteristics, and the best areas to harvest wood biomass for energy production.

The opportunities maps will be available in spring of this year.

For copies of the impact maps, as well as draft opportunities maps click here.

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