2007-10-11

Pine beetles kill 250,000 more trees

The province has identified 250,000 new fading red trees this year, killed from infestation of mountain pine beetle, a bark-burrowing pest that threatens up to $23 billion worth of timber in Alberta's forests.

Dan Lux, the beetle boss of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, says the results from aerial and ground surveys shows that Alberta is comprised of three "zones" of beetle infestation, since billions of the bugs were carried over the Rocky Mountains jetstream into Alberta from B.C. in July and August 2006.