2010-09-15

Removing danger trees killed by pine beetles

If a tree falls in the forest – better that it’s not beside someone’s tent or picnic table.

Thanks to the mountain pine beetle invasion, thousands of trees in B.C. are designated as “danger trees” because they have severe lean, root damage, or rotten branches that make them likely to fall. For safety’s sake, these trees are being removed from within striking distance of campsites, picnic tables, outhouses, or parking lots.

“Just because it’s dead, doesn’t make it a danger tree because it’s still got good roots,” says said recreation officer Doug Harris, who has overseen the removal of 14,000 trees since 2003 from recreation sites in his region.