Canada's deforestation rate is among the lowest in the world and the country is a world leader in sustainable forest management. One of the biggest threats to western Canadian forests isn’t clearcutting or wildfire, it’s insects. Yes, insects even beat out wildfires when it comes to forest disturbance.
The Mountain Pine Beetle has been one of our biggest challenges in forest management and we've been battling the rampant spread of this insect for decades in British Columbia, where it has resulted in the loss of millions of hectares of pine forest. In recent years, the beetles have been moving east into Alberta. If you'd like to learn how West Fraser uses a variety of practices to deal with the Mountain Pine Beetle you can read our story, Navigating Mountain Pine Beetle in Hinton to learn about: