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Posted on: December 6, 2018

Calgary Forest Area- Mountain Pine Beetle Update

The Calgary Forest Area’s Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) survey and control contract was active as of Friday, November 30th, 2018. This means that you will see contractor Xylem Silviculture, and their subcontractors; JD Fournier Consulting and Baumanis Timber Contracting, working in various places in the Bow Valley. A site west of Barrier Lake in Kananaskis, sites spread throughout the Exshaw Valley and many sites spread throughout the Bow Valley ranging from Bow Valley Provincial Park to the Banff National Park boundary. 

If you are out and about in these areas, you may see MPB signage, contractors trucks, surveyors and control crews. Most notably, you will see smoke in the air from the work the control crews are doing. Crews have several sites yet to survey however it’s not unlikely for crews  to end up with 300+ sites at which MPB infested tree burning would take place. 

The intent of this operation is to control the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta. Crews will use chainsaws to cut infested trees, pile them and burn on site in order to kill the beetles. We are committed to working together safely and effectively in order to minimize negative effects to local residents and also minimize the threat of significant Mountain Pine Beetle tree mortality in Alberta. Early detection and rapid response is key to success, we strive to identify the outbreak quickly and control aggressively. If the beetles are allowed to multiply unchecked, they are prone to population explosions. In recent years, the MPB has experienced favorable weather and habitat conditions which help facilitate their rapid population growth. If the population is left to reach epidemic levels, they become extremely difficult and expensive to control. This scenario causes substantial tree mortality which can have negative social, economic and environmental effects. 

If you have questions or would like more information please contact 

Louis Price, Forest Health Technician at 403-355-4073

or

Bart McAnally, Forest Health Technician at 403-297-8846.


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