2011-11-20

Early detection key in fighting Mountain Pine Beetle

News that the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation, which has decimated the central interior of British Columbia, had made its way over the Rocky Mountains to Alberta is a cause for concern amongst entomologists.

Earlier this year it was discovered that these beetles had successfully made the transition from Lodgepole Pine, B.C. to Jack Pine in Alberta. This spells bad news for the boreal forests of Saskatchewan if the beetle continues its migration east.

Forestry Insect and Disease expert with the Ministry, Dr. Rory McIntosh feels a new approach is needed in monitoring the beetles.