Foresters work to clear dead wood
The winter storms have left a legacy which threatens forests in the country. The two storms brought down around a million trees – the rotting wood is perfect breeding for the destructive bark beetle.
If a spruce tree is infected, it will die in about 2 months. Forestry officials are working hard to get the fallen trees out and into the saw mills.
There’s enough wood for the mills to keep them going for the rest of the year – and even into next year.
The oversupply is driving down the price.
The warm April weather is also adding to the problems as its ideal conditions for the beetle.