Spruce beetle outbreak in northeast B.C. has potential to spread

Stressed by drought and already severely damaged by a massive pine beetle infestation, British Columbia’s beleaguered forests are facing a second major insect attack.

Katherine Bleiker, a research scientist with Natural Resources Canada, said a regional spruce beetle outbreak in northeast B.C. is serious and could spread to a larger area.

“You are starting to see it everywhere,” Dr. Bleiker said of the spruce beetle, which the provincial government identified last week as a major threat to forests in the Omineca region near Prince George.