Small but destructive!

The Mountain Pine Beetle is a small insect, less than a centimetre long, but it is the most destructive pest of mature pine forests in North America.

Beetles have already destroyed millions of lodgepole pine in British Columbia and have been moving into Alberta.

“From 2006 to 2008 our situation in the Lesser Slave Area was looking pretty good,” said Dale Thomas, Forest Health Officer with Sustainable Resource Development, “we were controlling about 3,500 trees per year.