Alberta regions receive funding to battle mountain pine beetle
Feb. 6, 2018 – The towns of Canmore and Whitecourt, Alta., as well as Woodlands County have received a combined total of $130,000 to eradicate the mountain pine beetle.
The mountain pine beetle threatens six million hectares of Alberta’s pine forest and affects the activities of more than half of the major forest companies operating in the province.
The funds are being allocated as follows:
Canmore – $75,000
Whitecourt – $29,000
Woodlands – $26,000
“Our best chance to combat the mountain pine beetle infestation is if our government partners with local municipalities on aggressive and proactive detection and control programs,” said Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.
In 2017, more than 92,000 trees across the province were cut and burned to help control the mountain pine beetle outbreak.