A pair of spruce beetles. On a recent trip to Mackenzie, John Stokmans and other forestry technicians from Saulteau First Nation got a first hand look at the Omineca region's spruce beetle infestation, which threatens to spread north. Photograph By John Stokmans
Saulteau First Nations is preparing for an invasion from the south.
Armed with lessons learned from the pine beetle outbreak, SFN, together with the provincial government and industry partners are taking steps to get ahead of the next big problem for B.C.’s forests: the spruce beetle.
Already, more than 156,000 hectares of forest in the Omineca Region, which includes Mackenzie and Prince George, are currently infested. It’s the biggest outbreak in the province since the 1980s, according to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources.