City dwellers get a close look at reality of beetle kill destruction

Flying 1,000 metres above the mountain pine beetle-infested forests of the Cariboo-Chilcotin, Vancouver Board of Trade chairman Henry Lee got his first real look Wednesday at the scale of the epidemic that has swept through the central Interior.

A sea of rusty brown unfolded below the charter Pacific Coastal aircraft, stretching from the Fraser River to the rugged folds of the Coast Mountain Range, 300 kilometres away.