Pine beetle populations remain a problem

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has completed the annual mountain pine beetle survey and although results indicate the number of new beetle infested trees is expected to decline in some areas of the province, for other areas, including Whitecourt, high survival levels were found.

The beetle population surveys were conducted this year between May and June at 179 sites and included 1,091 trees.

Surveys involved cutting core samples from trees and comparing the number of dead versus live beetle larvae under the bark.