2012-05-15

Pine beetle attack is taxing Kelowna's finances

Kelowna is looking for financial assistance from the province, through the Union of B.C. Municipalities, to help it fight the mountain pine beetle.

According to Blair Stewart, the city’s urban forestry supervisor, with 24 per cent of the trees in the city ponderosa pines and 60 to 80 per cent expected to be infected by 2018, the potential for serious damage here is high.

“It’s not a question of if, but rather when,” Stewart told council Monday.