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November 14, 2022
The Calgary Forest Area’s Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) control program is active in the Bow Valley. Tree burning is taking place this season in areas as per the below burn zone map. Smoke may be visible from multiple locations. Please reach out to the MD of Bighorn or the Forest Health Officer for the Calgary Forest Area if you'd like more information.
October 18, 2022
The Calgary Forest Area’s Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) survey and control program for the 2022-23 season is active and could run until March 31st 2023. This means that you may see contractors working in locations spread throughout the Bow Valley from Exshaw to the Banff National Park boundary. You may see signage, surveyors, inspectors and control crews in trucks, quads and snowmobiles. Most notably, when conditions are safe to burn, you will see smoke in the air from the control work. Control crews will use chainsaws to cut, pile and burn infested trees on site in order to eliminate the beetles. The intent of this program is to control the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta.