Beetles winning battle

The Peace County is experiencing a ballooning Mountain Pine Beetle population according to Sustainable Resource Development data.

Over-winter mortality survey results released Thursday show Grande Prairie and the majority of northwestern Alberta are in the midst of a growing population of the tiny beetle.

"The areas around Grande Prairie and then moving north in through the Peace Country and all the way up even into (the) Rainbow Lake area, overall, there was a higher rate of beetle success in this area," said SRD senior forest health manager Mike Undershultz. "This indicates an increasing population."