2010-04-14

Guarding the forests

Bart McAnally has the most beautiful office in the world: the Rocky Mountains. The forest health technician is outside most days, making sure that the forests are healthy.

As he crunches through the snow on a balmy winter afternoon, he stops to point out different things going on in the trees: some bark scraped away by a careless utility vehicle, or a store of pine cones left by a squirrel.

His job seems idyllic, a constant nature walk. However, there are serious threats that lie beneath the serene exterior of Alberta’s pine forests, including the mountain pine beetle.