2011-04-16

$9 million for fight against mountain pine beetle

The Province is continuing its fight against the mountain pine beetle epidemic with a $9-million infusion to help B.C.'s three beetle action coalitions continue their front-line battle.

The three coalitions have been developing and funding projects to help mitigate the current and anticipated economic, environmental and social impacts of the pine beetle epidemic. Now, the Southern Interior, Omineca and Cariboo-Chilcotin beetle action coalitions will each receive $3 million over three years to continue these regional efforts.

The mountain pine beetle has already affected an estimated 17.5 million hectares of pine forest, affecting economies and livelihoods all over the province. Since 2001, the Province has invested more than $756 million to battle the mountain pine beetle, mitigate future impacts and promote regional economic development.