Clearwater clear of pine beetles, for now

There’s no hint of mountain pine beetles in the Clearwater Forest. Keeping it that way is an ongoing challenge, says Tom Daniels, forestry superintendent for West Fraser Timber in Sundre.

An aerial survey performed by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development tracks the tree-killing insects throughout Alberta, showing the Clearwater Forest west of Rocky Mountain House in West Central Alberta sandwiched between two infested areas, with beetles found north of the Pembina River and south of the Bow Valley.

That’s uncomfortably close to vulnerable pine stands in the West Central region of the province, Daniels said on Tuesday.