2008-08-12

Beetle a threat — not a problem

There is the threat of the mountain pine beetle invading Saskatchewan.

The bug has been in British Columbia and Alberta for the past year and has not made an progression eastward, but if it did the results could be devastating.

Rory McIntosh, a Provincial Forest Entomologist and Pathologist with the Ministry of Environment, said the beetle can cause the same damage to jack pine as mountain pine putting our forests in jeopardy.