Publish Septemeber 29th. 2015 by Chris Bruh in the Nanaimo Bulletin – Source
The summer of 1938, one of Vancouver Island’s hottest on record, set up conditions for the Bloedel Fire that destroyed more than 30,000 hectares of timber on the north Island.
Drought-stressed trees and debris left by the fire became a breeding ground for a Douglas fir beetle outbreak that further degraded the forest. TimberWest owns much of the forest land that is still recovering nearly 80 years later.
Could climate change trigger similar future events?
“There was a Douglas fir beetle outbreak in the ’30s which was related to drought and a fire, so there actually is recorded history of what happens if we’re not prepared,” said Domenico Iannidinardo, TimberWest vice-president of sustainability and chief forester.