Mountain Pine Beetle still threatens forests

Although officials believe a significant number of mountain pine beetles died through the winter and spring months, there is still concern about the threat of an in-flight of beetles this summer, especially in the southwestern corridor of the province.

Provincial officials released their findings from beetle surveys completed through May. For the Oldman River/Crowsnest Pass area they found beetle survival was low and there is a “low probability of local beetle production and spread. However, there is an extremely high probability of in-flights this summer.”

The area will be closely monitored to assess risk to the large volume of susceptible, connected pine as there is a still a large beetle population in southeastern British Columbia forests.