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B.C. parks, forests ministry will combat bark beetles

Workers will be transported by helicopter, snowmobile mainly in the winter, analyst says

By Larry Pynn

B.C. parks and the ministry of forests quietly signed a memo of understanding earlier this year allowing for small-scale logging and large-scale prescribed burns to prevent bark beetles in parks and protected areas spreading to commercial forestlands.

The memo — an appendix to the province’s bark beetle strategy, dated spring 2003 — provides for a series of management options, including small-scale “skid, pile and burn on site,” preferably in snow to avoid building roads, followed by remediation.

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