The mill closures announced yesterday will be the first bit of real social and economic pain inflicted by the pine beetle on British Columbia. Things are bad. Things are likely to get worse. But but it’s not too late to act now and shorten the suffering.
Silvopastures can be viewed as form of insurance for ranching. They diversify forage production, add other renewable products for sale and offer social benefits to the beef sector.
Bigger is not always better when it comes to food safety. The push for food ‘safety’ may have paradoxically increased Canada’s food supply vulnerability by concentrating so much of our processing into so few operations.
British Columbia’s Special Committee on Timber Supply report provides some hope for integrated production options on public lands through greater emphasis on non-timber values in the timber supply decision process and proposed expansion in the type and form of area-based tenures.
As BC reviews options to increase timber supply in the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, it must avoid kicking the timber supply can down the road and begin the transition from primarily relying on resources to relying on resourcefulness.