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No quick fix for B.C. sawmill closures linked to drop in timber supply (New SPH)

The companies have all cited the loss of timber supply from the beetle epidemic in the closures.
The companies have all cited the loss of timber supply from the beetle epidemic in the closures.

Both the B.C. government and industry agreed on that point as a sixth wood-manufacturing facility announced a mill or shift closure in the past seven months.

Norbord Inc., which operates an oriented strand board mill in 100 Mile House, cited the reasons for its closure as the beetle epidemic and, more recently, the increased number of wildfires that have led to wood-supply shortages and high prices. The timber-supply problem has been exacerbated by lumber prices that are falling in B.C.’s main market, the United States.

Showcasing wood in public buildings, as will be done in the new St. Paul’s Hospital project in Vancouver, can also help, he said.

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Story also found on the Prince George Citizen.

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