In search of economic diversification amid the devastating mountain pine beetle (MPB) infestation in central British Columbia, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) launched the Geoscience for Mountain Pine Beetle Program in the spring of 2007.
The program, which ended in March, leaves a legacy of data, maps and new information that is helping exploration companies find undiscovered mineral and energy deposits.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested $400 million in the Mountain Pine Beetle Program to lessen the impact of the infestation on the forest-dependent communities of central B.C. Of that amount, $6 million was committed to the Geoscience for MPB Program to stimulate private sector investment in mineral, oil and gas exploration. As part of the program, state-of-the-art ground and airborne geological, geophysical and geochemical surveys were conducted in the region.