Provincial Funding for Hinton Mountain Pine Beetle Program
The Town of Hinton is pleased to have received grant funding from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in the amount of $300,000. This funding will allow the Town to continue to manage the work on the municipal mountain pine beetle program and address the extensive growth of the infestation.
The municipal mountain pine beetle program will focus on the removal of infested green trees from within Hinton town boundaries, specifically on Town owned and private lands. Based on fall 2017 surveying and remediation work completed last season, a good understanding of the state of pine tree stands in and around the community has been achieved.
“The Town of Hinton acknowledges the support received from the provincial government to assist our community in dealing with the devastating effects of the mountain pine beetle infestation,” stated Mayor Michaels. “The beetle’s impact on our landscape, safety and economy will be felt for a long time, and continued support from the province is essential to effectively addressing this serious issue.”
The components of the program will be completed by June 2018 ensuring the most effective handling of the current mountain pine beetle infestation within its annual life cycle. Funding will be used for Town management of the program including contracted services related to detection, removal and disposal of infested trees, as well as costs associated with administration and preliminary program tasks.
In 2017 nearly 1000 infested trees within Town limits were controlled through the use of two rounds of provincial grants amounting to nearly $180,000. This year the goal has doubled.
In addition to the work planned to manage infested green trees, in the 2018 budget Council has approved $53,000 annually for the next three years on removal of red, standing dead pine trees within Town boundaries. This work will be concentrated on trees that pose potential hazards to patrons and infrastructure such as trails and buildings.
Hinton residents are encouraged to report both green infested trees and dead standing pine trees on their private property as well on public lands to the Town by calling 780-865-2634. More information on mountain pine beetle in Hinton and area can be found here. Residents can also continue to FireSmart their own properties to reduce the threat and severity of wildfires in our area. For more information on FireSmart, please follow this link.
For inquiries on this announcement or the municipal mountain pine beetle program, please contact the Town of Hinton through email or call 780-865-6032.