2013-06-05

Pine beetle attack easing in Central Okanagan

It would appear that the worst of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic in the Central Okanagan is over, although the devastating pests are not completely gone.

Blair Stewart, with urban forestry for the City of Kelowna, says he’s hopeful that all the city’s efforts to clean up trees before the first flight of beetles every year has helped to ease the pressure locally from the province-wide epidemic.

The province’s forest health technician in this area for the ministry of forest operations, Heather Rice, agrees that generally, the Mountain Pine Beetle has moved through the Central Okanagan and is moving into new stands of pines in the south this year.