Pine beetles dealt ‘significant’ blow

At first warm, then freezing, spring may have first lifted, then crushed, spirits throughout Alberta, bit it also served to do some serious damage to mountain pine beetles.

According to Alberta Sustainable Resource Development Minister Mel Knight, frigid weather during both this spring and last winter killed a significant number of the hardy rice-sized beetles.

“With the exception of a few hot spots in the north and west, the survival rate of the beetles was low,” Knight stated in a recent press release. “While this is good news, the cold weather did not completely eliminate the beetles and there is still the threat of additional in-flights from British Columbia, so the battle continues.”