Mountain pine beetle continues advance

From high above the Kananaskis valley, the devastation to Alberta’s forest caused by the mountain pine beetle is plainly visible.

Miles and miles of square hectares of dead trees and scattered pockets of discolored pines show the presence of the bugs that are advancing on southern Alberta’s forest territory at an alarming rate.

“We’re worried enough that we’re spending $55 million per year on identification, removal and control,” said Ted Morton, Minister of Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) who took a helicopter tour of the area July 31.