Responding to the Impacts of the 1999-2015 Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak

History of the Infestation & Impact Projections

After the spread of mountain pine beetle emerged as a threat in the early 2000s, infestation peaked in 2004.

The 2006-2011 Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan guided provincial responses and helped coordinate all those working to mitigate the beetle's devastation — government, communities, industries and stakeholders. It addressed forestry and environmental issues as well as economic, social and cultural sustainability.

The annual volume of timber killed by the mountain pine beetle has been declining since 2004. However, B.C. must continue managing this insect to protect its forests for the future. Since 2001, the provincial and federal governments have spent more than $1 billion to deal with the damage caused by mountain pine beetles.

Taking Action

Action requires participation from all levels of government, First Nations, the public and everyone affected by the mountain pine beetle. A community-engagement framework describes the B.C. Government's process for engaging communities on natural resource issues and decisions. 

Mid-Term Timber Supply

In 2012, the Special Committee on Timber Supply released its final report after completing public hearings and reviewing written submissions. Later that year, the B.C. Government released its response to the Special Committee on Timber Supply’s recommendations:

Timber Supply Area Backgrounders

The following backgrounders concern 11 pine beetle-affected timber supply areas. They include maps and details on the status of land-use plans, past allowable annual cuts, mid-term timber supply forecasts, silviculture investments, economic profiles, opportunities for diversification and mitigation, and resource-value implications.

Fast Facts

Mountain pine beetle on bark

Length: about half a centimetre

Range: Western North America, from Mexico to central B.C.

Targets: lodgepole pine; also other pines, including ponderosa

Destruction: more than 16 million of the 55 million hectares of forest in B.C.

Natural predators: woodpeckers; certain insects

Taking Action Regionally

Contact Information

Contact us if you have further questions about Forest Health in B.C.

Email: Forests.ForestPracticesBranchOffice@gov.bc.ca

Telephone: 250 387-1946
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