Parks Canada, battling pine beetles, to remove 1,500 Banff-area trees

Parks Canada plans to help the Alberta government's war against the mountain pine beetle by removing about 1,500 trees attacked by the destructive insect.

Officials say they want to slow the build-up of the beetle population in Banff, thus reducing the number of beetles spreading eastward onto provincial lands.

They say colonized trees will be removed by hand-felling, piling and burning of individual trees between November and April.