Dec 4, 2014 | By: Lakeland PBS

Mountain Pine Beetle Moving Eastward

Protecting Minnesota’s pine tree forests. The Department of Agriculture and Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources are teaming up to help prevent an invasive beetle from killing Minnesota’s pine trees.
Albers says the beetles move about 80 miles a year and they’re expanding their range northward through Alberta, Canada and moving east towards us.
Three years ago the Crow Wing County Land Services Department helped prevent the spread of an invasive bug by cutting down sick trees and replanting new ones to help preserve the health of the forest.
Albers says Minnesota is planning on banning wood from bark from coming into Minnesota to lesson the spread of the Mountain Pine Beetle.
The Department of Agriculture says Minnesota is researching other measures to prevent the spread of the Mountain Pine Beetle from coming into Minnesota.

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