Mountain Pine Beetle
A Strategic Priority of Council
In addition to the goals and objectives specifically identified in Council’s Strategic Plan (view entire document here), Council and Administration are prepared to address concerns regarding the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) over the next four years. The Mountain Pine Beetle is one of the threats currently facing the Town of Hinton and is also one of the greatest natural resource pressures facing Alberta today. Although at this time, uncertain of all impacts the Mountain Pine Beetle will have, Council is committed to dedicating resources to explore prevention and control strategies as shown by the current MPB Control Program.
The Hinton Mountain Pine Beetle Advisory Committee is established to provide Hinton Town Council with an evidence-based approach to mitigating and communicating the effects of the Mountain Pine Beetle within the region. Specifically, it is established to:
a) Identify, share and consider current and anticipated evidence on the probable effects of the Mountain Pine Beetle on Private Forestlands, Crown Land and Forest Management Agreements.
b) Participate in a collaborative process designed to evaluate the best available data to produce a set of short (3 - 6 months), medium (6 months to 2 years) and long-term (2+ years) recommendations.
c) Create a public education campaign on risks associated with Mountain Pine Beetle.
d) Develop and recommend strategic mitigation measures.
e) Consult with key stakeholder groups.
f) Develop and recommend FireSmart measures for the Town of Hinton.
g) Develop a proposed budget for the implementation of the mitigation measures.
h) Recommend potential policy or legislative changes to the Province of Alberta and Government of Canada.
The Hinton Mountain Pine Beetle Advisory Committee Workplan was approved by Council on September 11, 2018.
Advisory Committee members will represent a cross-section of stakeholders (not necessarily residing in Hinton), and take a keen interest in developing pro-active strategies to address the impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle in the region.
Advisory Committee members must be willing to participate in the activities of the committee in a constructive, collaborative manner.
Representatives will include:
a) West Fraser – Hinton Wood Products (1) (Richard Briand)
b) Weyerhauser (1)
c) Logging Truck Company (1) (Seth Dickinson from Dickinson Logging)
d) Academic/Researcher (2) (Keith McClain & Allen Carroll)
e) Indigenous People (1) (Sharon Kelley)
f) Town of Hinton Mayor (Chair) (1) (Marcel Michaels)
g) Town of Hinton Councillor (1) (Tyler Waugh)
h) Yellowhead County Mayor (1) (Gerald Soroka)
i) Town of Edson Mayor(1) (Kevin Zahara)
j) Citizens-at-Large (2) (Rick Zroback & William Dunn)
a. Town of Hinton Administration (Emily Olsen)
b. Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA Eric Rosendahl)
c. Member of Parliament (Jim Eglinski)
d. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (1) (Mike Undershultz)
e. Hinton and District Chamber of Commerce Executive Director (1) (Natalie Charlton)
f. Unifor Local 855 President (1) (Don Maclean)