2008-01-11

Critics say clearcutting in Alberta won't stop pine beetle

Alberta is clearcutting huge parcels of land in Kananaskis Country to get ahead of the devastating mountain pine beetle, but critics say that solution is worse than the problem.

"We think sustainable harvesting is the best way to guard against the dangers of pine beetles and forest fires," said Ted Morton, minister of sustainable resource development, Friday as he got ready to fly over southwestern parts of the province where pre-emptive logging has been approved to try to stop the insect.