Culling, cold weather eases Alberta’s pine beetle burden

The strategic culling of trees infested with mountain pine beetles, along with extreme temperature fluctuations last winter, is being credited for progress in the Alberta government’s battle against the expensive pests.

On Tuesday, the province revealed aerial surveys which pinpoint locations and counts of trees attacked this year and last.

“Surveys confirm the number of new trees attacked by mountain pine beetle have declined from a year ago, and that there were no in-flights of beetles from B.C. last summer,” Sustainable Resource Development Minister Mel Knight said in a news release.