Beetle funding creates immediate job openings

The $25 million in joint federal-provincial funding announced last week to help prevent mountain pine beetle infestations from moving further east in Alberta has led to immediate job creation, officials say.

In fact, bids are currently open for contractors to apply to fulfill ongoing survey work, to identify where the beetle has settled, or to remove beetle-infected trees.

These are two of the main jobs detailed in the province's plan to stem the beetle's spread further into Alberta. A flight, or migration, of the mountain pine beetle into central eastern Alberta last summer has left local areas vulnerable, from Grande Cache as far east as Slave Lake.