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2018 Mountain Pine Beetle Program Update

What Actions were Completed through the Mountain Pine Beetle Program in 2018?

The MPB program focuses on the identification and removal of infested green trees, as well as the management and removal of standing dead trees from within Hinton town boundaries, specifically on Town owned and private lands. 

Opportunities to support or advance Fire Smart activities that the Town has managed to-date have been identified and included in program work.

The management and removal of infested green trees was funded by a Provincial grant of $300,000 awarded to the Town of Hinton earlier in 2018. The scope of work for this grant includes work identified to address the extensive growth of the infestation, affect the spread of the beetle, and delay its impacts. 

In 2018, 1871 green infested trees within Town limits were controlled through the use of provincial grants, and a total of 2367 infected trees were identified. In 2017 nearly 1000 infested trees within Town limits were controlled. 

The 2018 municipal budget includes $55,000 for work to remove standing red, dead trees. This work concentrates on trees that pose potential hazards to people, property or infrastructure, or contribute to our community’s overall wildfire risk. Funding for this work has been approved for the next three years.

In 2018 to-date, there have been 194 trees removed and disposed of from public and private property in a variety of locations throughout town.There are still a few removals scheduled for this fall along Eaton Drive.

Previous release and further information available on our website, available here.

What work was carried out in Hinton?

Simply Liv Ltd, the contractor selected by the Town of Hinton, surveyed land at the east end of town, moving west, and then south to town limits. As the surveyors completed their work in an area, crews managing control activities followed behind. 

Residents can continue to Fire Smart their own properties to reduce the potential threat and severity of wildfires in our area. For more information on Fire Smart, please visit the Fire Smart website, available here.

How can I report infected trees?

Hinton residents are encouraged to report both green infested trees and dead standing pine trees on their own private land, as well as public property, by calling 780-865-2634. Residents can also use the Town of Hinton mobile app to send information to the Town through the request tracker module.
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