Beetle battle

Provincial surveys for the mountain pine beetle will be extended for a few more months in Saskatchewan after a higher-than-expected number of infested trees were found in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

The first survey was done in September and pine forests in northwestern Saskatchewan and in Cypress Hills were surveyed for the forest pest and while no pine beetles were found in the northern boreal forest officials are working to closely monitor all pine forests.

The pine beetle survey is being conducted by Great Western Forestry Ltd. for the Saskatchewan government. The survey extension will cost up to an extra $100,000 bringing the total cost of the pine beetle surveillance to $300,000 this year.