Province prepared to battle pine beetle

The provincial government is planning to spend $800,000 this year to battle the mountain pine beetle.

"This poses a massive threat to us, as well as to the rest of Canadian pine forests," said Rory McIntosh, provincial forest entomologist and pathologist for the forest services branch of the Environment Ministry.

"The key is early detection and a rapid and aggressive response," he said. "There are some significant values at risk here."