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Because of warmer winters, and the suppression of fires, forests in Western Canada became crowded with old pine - a buffet for the hungry beetle

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Brad Jones, a Forest Health Officer cuts into a soon to be fallen tree trunk. Crew members of the Mountain Pine Beetle crew set a controlled burn to trees in the area that have been infested by the Mountain Pine Beetle. After determining a tree is infested with mountain pine beetle, control crews will fall the tree and cut it into smaller portions to be piled and burned. Mountain pine beetles are attacking the province's pine trees. Left unmanaged, the beetle could devastate Alberta's pine forests and spread eastward across Canada's boreal region.

Chris Bolin/chris bolin The Globe and Mail

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Ross Wilson from Calgary, a crew member on the Mountain Pine Beetle cuts down a tree that has been infested by the Mountain Pine Beetle. After determining a tree is infested with mountain pine beetle, control crews will fall the tree and cut it into smaller portions to be piled and burned. Mountain pine beetles are attacking the province's pine trees. Left unmanaged, the beetle could devastate Alberta's pine forests and spread eastward across Canada's boreal region.

Chris Bolin/chris bolin The Globe and Mail

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Ross Wilson from Calgary, a crew member on the Mountain Pine Beetle project cuts down a tree that has been infested by the Mountain Pine Beetle. After determining a tree is infested with mountain pine beetle, control crews will fall the tree and cut it into smaller portions to be piled and burned. Mountain pine beetles are attacking the province's pine trees. Left unmanaged, the beetle could devastate Alberta's pine forests and spread eastward across Canada's boreal region.

Chris Bolin/chris bolin The Globe and Mail

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George Bloom from Canmore, Alta., a crew member on the Mountain Pine Beetle cuts down a tree that has been infested by the Mountain Pine Beetle. After determining a tree is infested with mountain pine beetle, control crews will fall the tree and cut it into smaller portions to be piled and burned. Mountain pine beetles are attacking the province's pine trees. Left unmanaged, the beetle could devastate Alberta's pine forests and spread eastward across Canada's boreal region.

Chris Bolin/chris bolin The Globe and Mail

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Ross Wilson from Calgary, a crew member on the Mountain Pine Beetle project cuts down a tree that has been infested by the Mountain Pine Beetle. After determining a tree is infested with mountain pine beetle, control crews will fall the tree and cut it into smaller portions to be piled and burned. Mountain pine beetles are attacking the province's pine trees. Left unmanaged, the beetle could devastate Alberta's pine forests and spread eastward across Canada's boreal region.

Chris Bolin/chris bolin The Globe and Mail

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