2008-09-08

Pine beetle lumber to be converted to newsprint

Mountain pine beetles not only kill trees but they stain and dry the wood so it's good for little else but burning.

Now, with a pilot project announced Monday, the beetle-killed wood could be salvaged for use as newsprint.

Under a $28-million, three-year research project, new sensors developed at the Edmonton-based Alberta Research Council are going into the Alberta Newsprint Company's Whitecourt plant.