The Forest Health program within the Southern
Interior Area oversees operational and
research projects that deal with Entomology and
The Southern Interior Area covers a large and diverse area.
These forest lands span many ecosystems
and zones. This area includes: desert, drybelt, moist, alpine, and sub alpine
ecosystems. The geographic area extends
from Quesnel in the Northwest to the
Alberta Border in the North East and to
the US border in the South.
With this highly variable and diverse
environment comes a wide range of
potentially damaging pests and
pathogens. Pests may include
various species of bark beetles,
defoliators such as western hemlock
looper, western spruce budworm, and many
pests which affect young stands.
Forest pathogens cause tree mortality,
growth loss and defects. These may
include: needle cast fungi, root
diseases, stem decays, mistletoes, and