Annual mountain pine beetle AB survey numbers 'patchy'

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development has finished the annual mountain pine beetle survey and numbers appear to be slightly lower than in previous years.

Survey results from Slave Lake west to Grande Prairie and Grande Cache have shown that beetle populations have decreased over the winter. Beetle populations in central Alberta and areas of north of Peace River have remained the same or have slightly increased.

The best way to describe beetle populations in our area is 'patchy.'