There’s a brief window ahead for loggers to go into forests ravaged by fire last summer and extract what they can. The opportunity lasts only until scorched timber starts to rot, a few short years, at best.
More than a million hectares of forest were burned this year — almost 10 times the average for wildfire seasons — so it’s a huge area of opportunity, but it will be economically viable only for a relatively brief time.
An iconic fish could soon disappear from British Columbian waters, according to the province’s fisheries manager, who worries Thompson River steelhead may be on the brink of collapse.
The Province is taking action to protect big game wildlife in portions of the Kootenay Region that were severely affected by wildfires this past summer.