Here we have a Premier ostensibly trying to reduce carbon emission (remember the carbon tax on gasoline - or is it just lip service?) and then members of the Environment Ministry entrusted with protecting the environment are dumping tons of carbon into the air together with fine particles hazardous to health. Does that make sense to anyone? Don't these civil servants (Ministry of Forest employees) have anything better to do? If they don't have any normal jobs maybe their services are not essential.
Their argument that this will reduce future beetle attacks is hogwash. For every tree they cut and burn there are thousands in the park that harbour broods of larvae ready to attack in the summer.
A few years ago they were out there cutting down thrifty young pine trees trying to manage the grasslands. they did chip those trees and spread the chips on the ground. Obviously, it is possible to do so. Quit polluting the air, we have enough trouble trying to control our air shed!