2007-09-21

Alberta plans firewall to halt pine beetles

While Alberta prepares to torch a large swath of forest including part of Banff National Park in the coming week to fend off an invasion by the mountain pine beetle, British Columbia is left to hope a new generation of trees will take off under the canopy of its vast dead woods.

Responding to a new report this week that shows the tiny pine beetle has wiped out 40 per cent of B.C.'s current stock of pine trees – a total of 12 per cent of all of B.C.'s saleable timber – B.C.'s Forest Minister said Tuesday that the devastation does have a silver lining: There's more water for surviving trees to grow quickly.