Canadian Forest Service Publications

Current status of mountain pine beetle in British Columbia. 2004. Ebata, T. Pages 52-56 in T.L. Shore, J.E. Brooks, and J.E. Stone, editors. Mountain Pine Beetle Symposium: Challenges and Solutions, October 30-31, 2003, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Information Report BC-X-399. 298 p.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25033

Language: English

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Province-wide aerial overview surveys have been conducted in British Columbia by the Ministry of Forests since 1999 and earlier by the Forest Insect and Disease Survey, Canadian Forest Service. The results of the 2003 overview survey shows that the size of the mountain pine beetle infestation has doubled since 2002 increasing from 1.98 million ha to approximately 4.1 million ha and is now the largest infestation of mountain pine beetle ever documented. The greatest changes have occurred in the central interior plateau where the area infested increased by 4.3 times in the former Cariboo Forest Region. The outbreak is expected to continue unabated until the host is depleted or a lethal cold-winter event occurs.