2008-09-11

Defeat The Mountain Pine Beetles

The newspaper you’re holding might someday be made from mountain pine beetle wood, thanks to a pilot project kicked off by the provincial government.

Alberta Advanced Education and Technology Minister Doug Horner announced this week that the province would contribute $10 million to a $27 million pilot project in Whitecourt to turn logs ravaged by the mountain pine beetle into newsprint.

The mountain pine beetle infested about 500,000 trees in Alberta this year, according to the province, on top of some 3 million last year. The infestation continues to march east from the Rocky Mountains.