2015-01-20

Saskatchewan and Alberta pair up to fight mountain pine beetle

The Saskatchewan and Alberta governments have reaffirmed their long-standing co-operation on forest insects and disease, signing a three year agreement to work together on mountain pine beetle management. Saskatchewan will provide $1.25 million this year to help control the outbreak in Alberta, and to prevent or significantly slow the spread into Saskatchewan’s northern forest.

“By continuing to support Alberta’s effort to combat mountain pine beetles, we make the best use of our resources by protecting areas of Saskatchewan’s forests that are most at risk,” explained Saskatchewan’s Environment Minister, Scott Moe.

The funding will be used to support mountain pine beetle control actions in northern Alberta, including enhanced surveillance and monitoring, removal of infested trees, and research and modelling to effectively direct program efforts.