Mountain Pine Beetle Survey and Control Program
December 1, 2020
- Effective Date: December, 2020 until approximately March 31, 2021
- 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 2020-21 season will be active this month (December 2020) and run until approximately March 31st 2021. This means that you may see our crews working in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis. We have MPB west of Barrier Lake in Kananaskis, Bow Valley Provincial Park and spread throughout the Bow Valley from Exshaw to the Banff National Park boundary. If you are out in these areas, you may see our MPB signage, surveyors, inspectors and control crews in trucks, quads and snowmobiles. Most notably, you will see smoke in the air from the work our 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 affects to local residents and also minimize the threat of significant Mountain Pine Beetle disturbance 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 can be prone to rapid population growth. If the MPB population approaches 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.