Forests make up nearly two thirds of the province and are an important economic, social and environmental resource in the lives of many British Columbians. Over the last 13 years the outbreak of mountain pine beetle has affected an estimated 18.1 million hectares of forest throughout BC. The effects of the infestation continue to present major challenges to the forest industry and communities in BC's central interior.
In light of these challenges, the Special Committee on Timber Supply was appointed by the Legislative Assembly on May 16, 2012 to examine and make recommendations to address the loss of mid-term timber supply in the central interior.
The Committee released its report on August 15, 2012 to the Legislative Assembly recommending ways in which the mid-term timber supply in the central interior could be increased.