May 7, 2020

Fighting mountain pine beetle in Yellowhead County

Yellowhead County is receiving $300,000 through the government’s Mountain Pine Beetle Municipal Grant Program.

“Yellowhead County appreciates the extended Mountain Pine Beetle Grant funding provided by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Yellowhead County residents benefit directly from this funding, with over 1,200 infected trees destroyed in our region this winter. This work, in combination with the work done directly by the province, will help our residents stay safe and allow our industry to continue to thrive.”

Jim Eglinski, mayor, Yellowhead County

Mountain pine beetle infestations threaten Alberta’s timber supply and healthy forest ecosystems. Millions of trees have been killed across the province since the outbreak began more than a decade ago.
Since 2018, surveys show mountain pine beetle activity has continued to grow in certain areas of the province, including the Edson Forest Area.
Department staff are working with Yellowhead County officials to identify areas where control activities will have the greatest impact on the overall provincial control effort….

View the full Province’s Media Release here.