2011-03-24

Aggressive strategy helping to stop pine beetle

It's been almost 10 years since the Mountain Pine Beetle arrived in Alberta and began killing pine trees across the western part of the province.

But Brad Jones, a forest health officer for the Southern Rockies Area who has been on the front lines of the fight to prevent the beetle's spread, said the province's aggressive strategy to stop the infestation's spread is working in Southern Alberta.

"The beetle populations are down, there's been a huge decrease," Jones said. "It seems like 99 per cent down. Last year it just completely plummeted, it was amazing really."