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The Calgary Forest Area’s Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) survey and control program for the 2023-24 season is active and could run until March 31st 2024. This means that you may see contractors working in locations spread throughout Kananaskis and the Bow Valley from Exshaw to the Banff National Park boundary. If you are out in these areas, 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. Tree burning will take place in several locations throughout the control area as identified on the MPB Burn Zone map. Smoke may be visible from multiple locations. The intent of this program is to control the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta. If you need more information please reach out to the MD of Bighorn or the Calgary Forest Area, Forest Health Officer.
Visit the provincial Mountain Pine Beetle website for more information.