2008-07-14

Pine beetle poses threat to native communities

The mountain pine beetle infestation in British Columbia is changing the lives of rural First Nations on a scale not seen for generations of native elders.

The safety of more than 100 bands is threatened by fire because dry, infected trees surround their communities, aboriginal leaders say.

Animals that natives have hunted for generations no longer take the same paths, and berries and medicinal herbs don't grow where they once did beneath the thousands upon thousands of hectares of dead pine forest.