2015-10-28

Good news about mountain pine beetle in Saskatchewan: There still aren't many

There's some promising news on the mountain pine beetle's presence — or lack thereof — in Saskatchewan.

The insect has destroyed millions of hectares of lodgepole pine in British Columbia and Alberta, and there were worries that it could move further north, where there are a lot of jack pines.

Rory McIntosh, Saskatchewan's forest entomologist and pathologist, says they have found no trace of the dangerous bug in the northwest part of the province for the second straight year.