Pine beetle battle wrapping up for another year

The fight against the mountain pine beetle is wrapping up for the year, and the County of Grande Prairie is now waiting to hear results from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD).

About 118,200 infested pines were removed with 2,200 hectares treated, Jerry Bauer, the county's pine beetle co-ordinator, told county council Tuesday.

Evergreen Park and the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails received $971,790 from the Forest Resource Development Improvement Association to stymie fire hazards associated with dead and dying trees. Flintstone Forestry got $957,760 for the same purpose south of the city.