Battle between Researchers, loggersand beetle in Alberta
The major weapon used on the front lines of Alberta's war against the mountain pine beetle is the chainsaws and biological data.
For triumphing over the beetles and winning the battle, the soldier of the battle always target only on the areas where they found excellent chances of protecting from beetles from spreading. It is considered as Level 1 control sites where forestry staff destroys and burns the infected trees.
In some of the other areas it is the duty of the staff to simply analyze the beetle-infected trees each spring. This is done with the help of information from hundreds of sites to plan next winter's campaign. It is also of a great help for the companies log specific areas for monitoring the beetle's spread.
The so-called pine islands south of Slave Lake can be considered among the area that can't be protected and that is the point where Dale Thomas, the forest health officer, and JennMacCormick, the technician were present in the last week for cutting down the "cookies" of bark and cambium layers from infected trees to count beetle larvae.
The earlier days highlights of the survey that lasted for the whole month suggest that in this area, at the minimum point, at least the beetles are doing fine.
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