2010 Historical Mountain Pine Beetle Interior Pricing Policy Changes

In 2010 the Ministry responded to the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic with two changes to the Interior Market Pricing System (MPS)

  • a shift to cruise-based billing using a single stumpage rate for all the merchantable timber
  • and a move to MPS ‘A’, where the stand value is determined directly from equations based on 5 years of competitive timber auction data rather than the old MPS ‘B’ pricing methodology

Even though the MPS epidemic has since passed, there is still the need periodically for cruise-based billing of Mountain Pine Beetle damaged timber. MPS ‘A’ is the current MPS system that has been in use in the Interior since July 1, 2010.

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