Pine beetle will cost 11,000 jobs in B.C.: study

Vancouver Sun July 21, 2010 10:51 AM

The current mountain pine beetle epidemic has peaked in most areas of the B.C. interior, but economic impacts to employment will persist for decades to come according to an economic analysis by Central 1 Credit Union. This file photo show samples being taken from a beetle infested tree.

Photograph by: Gavin Young, CNS

The current mountain pine beetle epidemic has peaked in most areas of the B.C. interior, but economic impacts to employment will persist for decades to come according to an economic analysis by Central 1 Credit Union.

The mountain pine beetle epidemic is projected to lead to a net loss of 11,250 direct forestry jobs and up to 9,500 indirect jobs in the B.C. interior through to 2028, according to the analysis.

Pine beetle will cost 11,000 jobs in B.C.: study.

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