Compensation to be provided for beetle damage

Town of Edson and Yellowhead County residents who've had trees damaged by the mountain pine beetle can once again get them replaced through the ReLeaf Program.

Tree Canada and Alberta Sustainable Resources, with sponsorships from Telus and Strive Energy, will provide a total of $100,000 in compensation to Alberta residents whose trees have been impacted. The Alberta government has contributed $60,000 to the program, while Telus and Strive Energy chipped in $30,000 and $10,000 respectively.

Sustainable Resources Development spokesperson Duncan MacDonnell said last year's money was spread around the province to affected landowners. But claimants should not go through SRD.