Sask. looks to keep pine beetle out

The mountain pine beetle, a tiny insect that's been a deadly force in some western forests, has been officially designated as a pest under Saskatchewan's forest resources management act.

The beetle has not yet arrived in Saskatchewan's northern forest and the goal is to try and keep it that way, said provincial forest insect and disease expert Rory McIntosh.

An order-in-council made public Monday says it's in the public interest to designate the mountain pine beetle as an "insect that causes or is likely to cause damage to forests and trees and to designate all lands in the province of Saskatchewan as lands harbouring or likely to harbour the mountain pine beetle."