Mountain pine beetle continues to be a threat

It’s a bug with a devastating effect on lodge pole pines.

Provincial forest, insect and disease expert for the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Rory McIntosh said that the mountain pine beetle was first found in British Columbia in 2000 and it has since migrated through the Rocky Mountains into Central Alberta.

Recently, mountain pine beetles have been found in the Cypress Hills region of Saskatchewan, but so far the northern forests have been safe from the pest.