The beneficial side of pine beetles

For Roger Packham, the Interior’s forests are still a promising place. While many see only economic gloom in the brown and desiccated tree husks altering the countryside’s colour scheme, Packham sees change.

“As in anything, there are winners and losers in this mountain pine beetle thing,” said the Ministry of Environment’s Cariboo region senior ecosystem biologist. “One of the winners – because everyone seems to quote the devastating effects – one of the biggest benefactors of this are the grassland dwelling species.”