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Mountain pine beetle discovered in Grand Prairie


August 14, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Mountain Pine Beetle has gone on vacation this summer.

The Mountain Pine Beetle has gone on vacation this summer.

The insect, which has ravaged huge parts of British Columbia’s forests, has been discovered in Grand Prairie, AB, further north in the province than experts had anticipated.

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“It’s always been thought that the mountain pine beetle could never go that far north because it’s too cold, so it’s outside of their range,” the CBC reported Michel Proulx, a spokesman with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development as saying.

The CBC reported that Northern Alberta is home to jack pine forests, which is a cause for alarm.

“Scientists believed that the mountain pine beetle could only survive and thrive in lodge pole pine. But now they think, and have seen evidence, that the mountain pine beetle can survive and thrive in jack pine,” he confirmed.


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