2011-12-06

'Dead' pine forests very much alive

Phil Burton calls this place a jungle.

It's not the tropical Amazonian rainforest or even B.C.'s temperate rainforest, but a stand of lodgepole pine located off the Pelican Forest Service Road about an hour's drive southwest of Prince George.

The federal forests researcher estimates the pines were about 30 years old when the mountain pine beetle epidemic swept through here in 2005.