Government continues attack on Alberta’s pine beetle infestation

Containing and treating the mountain pine beetle infestation in Alberta’s forests will be an ongoing battle this year, after a lack of extended frigid temperatures this winter failed to hinder the pest’s population.

The results of the 2014 field surveys are “mixed,” Alberta Environment Minister Robin Campbell said Wednesday.

The counts show that because beetles continue to survive the winter, aggressive treatment, rehabilitation and preventive action remains the best option for addressing beetle infestations across Alberta.