2012-09-08

Alberta forests threatened by pine beetle infestation

The Alberta government is looking to a neighbour for lessons on how to fend off a pine beetle infestation, which threatens the province’s forests and even its forestry workers.

"They are pretty amazing... creatures. Hard to predict,” said Alberta Forest Health Officer Devin Letourneau. "We have been trying very hard to find and locate the beetle."

The pine beetle burrows into the bark of the pine trees, cutting off the plant’s nutrients and causing it to slowly die.