Pine beetle population under control in Alberta

Alberta says it won’t let up in its fight against the mountain pine beetle despite a spring survey showing it gained some ground after a cold winter.

Each spring, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development does a mortality survey to determine how many pine beetle larvae survived the winter.

This year’s survey, released Thursday, shows an increase in parts of central Alberta and areas north of Peace River, while the numbers declined from Slave Lake west to Grande Cache.