2008-08-01

Minister Morton surveys pine beetle damage

Millions of little creatures are preparing to take flight, and begin snacking on Alberta's economy.

The Mountain Pine Beetle has already devastated much of the B.C. logging industry. The insect's relentless march through the province's forests has largely been left up to nature to control.

According to Alberta's Sustainable Resource Development minister Ted Morton this was a mistake. He toured K-Country and parts of B.C. by helicopter to survey the damage and found that at this early stage, the impact in Alberta is tiny compared to our western neighbours. And now the fight is on to prevent the rampant infestations found in B.C.