Beetle mortality rates updated

The survival rate of the mountain pine beetle in southwest Alberta — including the Cochrane area — was the lowest in the province, according to results from mortality surveys released July 7.

But officials warn the fight in this area is not over while regions in the north face increased infestations.

“There are some small pockets of good news on the mountain pine beetle front lines this year, but overall the infestations remain a challenge to Alberta and we must continue our aggressive action to protect forest health in the province,” said Sustainable Resource Development Minister Mel Knight in a release.