Winter offensive planned to burn out pine beetles in central Alberta

Foresters are mounting an offensive on mountain pine beetles in west-central Alberta after a rising number of the pests were found in the relatively unscathed region.

Government and forestry company officials will be removing any infested trees and burning them this winter to try to prevent the highly destructive beetle from invading further.

The plan comes after Sundre Forest Products set up 59 bait sites within the Clearwater Forest Management Area and discovered up to 80 mountain pine beetle hits on trees. That’s up from five or six last year.