Mountain Pine Beetle Survey and Control Program
November 25, 2019
- Effective Date: November 28, 2019 until March 31, 2020
- Where: Kananaskis area around Barrier Lake and in Bow Valley Provincial Park.
- Why: Please be advised that the Calgary Forest Area’s Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) survey and control program for the 2019-20 season will be active as of 8:00AM Thursday, November 28th until March 31, 2020. This means that you will see MPB crews working in the Kananaskis area around Barrier Lake and in Bow Valley Provincial Park. We also have MPB sites in the Crowsnest Pass, the Exshaw Valley and around Canmore. If you are out in these areas, you may see our MPB signage, contractors trucks, quads and snowmobiles. Most notably, you will see smoke in the air from tree burning that control crews will be doing.
- The intent of this program is to control the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta. Crews will use chainsaws to cut, pile and burn infested trees on site in order to kill the beetles. We are committed to working together safely and effectively in order to minimize negative effects to park goers and also minimize the threat of significant Mountain Pine Beetle tree mortality in southern 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 helps facilitate their rapid population growth in many areas of the province. If the MPB population reaches epidemic levels, they become extremely difficult and expensive to control. This scenario causes substantial tree mortality which can have negative social, economic and environmental impacts.