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The Calgary Forest Area’s Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) survey and control program for the 2021-22 season will be active starting November 3rd and could run until March 31st 2022. You may see contractors (ScottLynn & SimplyLiv) and their subcontractors working in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis. There is 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 MPB signage, surveyors, inspectors and control crews in trucks, quads and snowmobiles. Most notably, you will see smoke in the air from the work control crews will be doing. Crews have several areas to survey as shown in the map below and it’s likely we will end up with 1000+ sites at which MPB infested tree burning will be taking place.
The intent of this program is to control the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta. Control 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 and become extremely difficult and expensive to control. This scenario causes substantial tree mortality which can have negative social, economic and environmental impacts.
Question regarding this program? Please contact Louis Price, Forest Health Officer for the Calgary Forest Area at 403-355-4073 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org