Survey shows reduction in number of pine beetle attacks

Aerial surveys have shown a first-time reduction in the number of mountain pine beetle attacks, according to the Alberta government.

“Surveys confirm the number of new trees attacked by mountain pine beetles have declined from a year ago, and that there were no in-flights of beetles from B.C. last summer,” Sustainable Resources Development Minister Mel Knight said in a Nov. 9 press release.

Sustainable Resources Development spokesman Duncan MacDonnell said cold temperatures during last winter is one of the factors thought to have contributed to the reduction.