Beetle numbers climbing in Valley

Banff and Canmore must weather the mountain pine beetle infestation for another four years before there is any sign of relief, according to Sustainable Resource development officials. The announcement was made as Sustainable Resources Development Minister Ted Morton delivered a speech on the beetle infestation in the area.

“Some areas won’t see green again until 2050,” said Morton, fresh from a helicopter trip over three local valleys and into British Columbia. “North of Radium, two out of every three trees is invested.”

The minister flew through much of the infected area Thursday, with numerous media representatives to survey the increasing beetle damage.