Provincial crews pushing back on pine beetles

Provincial crews battling the mountain pine beetle will know this spring whether years of work to prevent the pest from spreading through Alberta’s southwest foothills has worked.

Duncan MacDonnell, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development spokesperson, said aggressive work to track the number of pine beetles in the province’s southwest corner and to destroy infested trees has helped control the bug’s population.

The bug moved into the Kananaskis and Crowsnest Pass areas more than a decade ago and the spread threatened the pine tree population in the foothills.