Back more than a decade ago, loggers, foresters, and to a larger extent the general public, were calling on the government of the day to harvest the beetle killed wood. The argument was that the beetles could be controlled by a massive cut to prevent their spread.
The Tweedsmuir Park, government said, is sacred, we cannot go in and log the area to stop the spread of the beetles, and nature will have to take its course. The rest is history.
The beetles do and did not recognize a man made line which distinguished the park boundary from the rest of the province and they set about chewing up the majority of the pine in that region.