Richard Harpe, councilor for Division 8, County of Grande Prairie No. 1, sheds light on the impact of the mountain pine beetle (MPB) at the community level. This rural and agricultural community includes large and small businesses, and many families. Here, the mountain pine beetle has been both far-reaching and invasive.
MPB hit in 2006, and a control program was started shortly thereafter.
Harpe discusses the results of the program, and the socio-economic impacts of the MPB. Yearly crop loss alone is estimated to be 4 million annually, but the full impact of the MPB is yet to be determined.
This presentation was a part of the Mountain Pine Beetle Information Exchange Forum, April 2015.