2011-07-13

Beetle survives winter, minister wants federal help

The effect of last winter on mountain pine beetles was disappointingly small and it's time for the whole country to contribute to fighting them, says Mel Knight, the Sustainable Resource Minister.

In audio clips released along with a press release Thursday, July 8, Knight said, "What I am looking for now is some consideration from our neighbouring provinces to the east particularly Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and the federal government."

There needs to be in my opinion an understanding, and I believe there is an understanding that once the pine beetles actually breach what we think is an opportunity here for us to create a beetle sink in this part of Alberta, control and manage these beetles over the next decade or so and bring them down to numbers that we can manage, we are going to have an understanding that there is a major threat to the boreal forest across Canada.