Alberta, Ottawa add $25 million to pine beetle battle

The battle to slow the mountain pine beetle’s eastward progress across Alberta is getting another $25 million in federal and provincial funds.

Ottawa will provide $10 million and Alberta, $15 million, a joint news release said Monday. The money will go toward ground surveys to help determine the extent of beetle infestation and to remove infested trees.

After a “massive beetle flight” this summer, the insects were found as far east as Slave Lake and Entwistle.