2011-03-24

Saskatachewan monitoring pine beetle spread

After devastating pine forests in British Columbia and blowing into central Alberta, the question now is how far east will the mountain pine beetle spread?

Dr. Rory McIntosh, forest entomologist and pathologist with the forest service branch of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment in Prince Albert, is watching the infestation in the neighbouring province of Alberta very closely.

"It’s just probing into the boreal forest in a hybrid zone of lodgepole and jack pine, in north central Alberta," said McIntosh.