Parks Canada removing beetle infested trees in Glacier National Park

Spruce beetles are bark beetles, native to B.C., that typically infest downed or weakened trees

Parks Canada is removing dead spruce trees in Glacier National Park.

Starting Oct. 3, Parks Canada in collaboration with BC Wildlife Service crews will be removing trees for the next two months, depending on weather, and then will continue in fall 2020.

According to a news release from Parks Canada, many large old growth spruce trees in the Mount Sir Donald campgrounds and nearby day use areas in Glacier National Park are dead or dying from a spruce beetle infestation.

“As this represents a risk to public safety, removal of the dead trees is considered the most appropriate action,” reads the release.

During the work, the campground and nearby day use areas will be closed.

Spruce beetles are bark beetles, native to B.C., that typically infest downed or weakened trees. Spruce beetles play a natural role in the forest ecosystems and are naturally occurring in both Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.

Parks Canada said small outbreaks, similar to the one in Mount Sir Donald Campground, are expected as part of natural forest disturbance processes.

They continued that Parks Canada’s policy allows for intervention in natural processes when there is a public safety risk.

Beetle-killed trees can increase the risk of natural blow-down in public use areas affecting visitor safety. Large outbreaks can also increase the risk of wildfire in the area.

The news release also said the tree falling is outside bird-nesting and migratory periods, as well as bat roosting, maternity, and hibernation periods. Removing dead spruces will open the canopy, allowing more sun to promote new growth of shrubs and flowering plants.



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