Fort Nelson District

Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group



Mountain Pine Beetle

Mountain Pine Beetle.

The mountain pine beetle is a type of bark beetle that feeds mainly on pine trees. It is native to western North America and has proven itself to be one of the most destructive forests pests in Canada. The current infestation of mountain pine beetle covers approximately 14.5 million hectares of British Columbia, equating to 620 million cubic metres of timber, and is encroaching on the Fort Nelson Forest District. Adult beetles carry a blue stain fungus that attacks the living tissues of trees. A tree that has been attacked by mountain pine beetle will turn red in the year following the attack and turn gray in subsequent years. More information on the mountain pine beetle can be found on the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Mountain Pine Beetle website.

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Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group

Mountain Pine Beetle killed trees. The mountain pine beetle has arrived in the Fort Nelson District. Its presence was first confirmed in the District during 2010 aerial overview survey flights. The beetle is moving in from the south and is making its way up the Kechika River corridor.

As part of the Fort Nelson TSA Forest Health Strategy, a Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group was struck to develop strategies to effectively manage the mountain pine beetle. The working group held its first meeting in January of 2010. The groupís objectives are to assess the potential impacts the beetle would have on the area, track the beetleís course as it enters the District and explore management options to control the spread. If you are interested in participating in the working group or for more information please contact the Fort Nelson District Office at 250-774-5511.

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Documents

January 27th

Fort Nelson Young Pine presentation [.ppt (PowerPoint), 3.7 mb]
Mountain Pine Beetle presentation [.pptx (PowerPoint), 31.0 mb]
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Maps

Mature Pine South of Fort Nelson [.pdf, 11.5 mb]
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