2007-09-06

Alberta plotting battle of the beetle

As a tiny species, an individual could sit rather squarely on the tip of your pinky finger, yet they are responsible for devastating seven million hectares of trees in British Columbia - and they're working their way east.

While a controlled burn scheduled for earlier this summer to eradicate mountain pine beetle in the Mount Nestor area did not go ahead because of unsuitable weather, a number of officials from provincial, federal and municipal agencies were near the site last week to speak about the beetle and demonstrate its steady march into Alberta.