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Saskatchewan joins Alberta in mountain pine beetle fight

Saskatchewan is helping its western neighbour in an effort to keep a voracious bug out of its own backyard.

The province is putting up $150,000 to help control the mountain pine beetle outbreak in Alberta and to prevent its spread into Saskatchewan's northern forest.

The money is intended for enhanced monitoring, aggressive removal of infested trees and research.

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The beetle outbreak has killed almost 70 per cent of British Columbia's lodgepole pine forests and spread halfway across Alberta.

Alberta has spent $300 million in the last seven years fighting the tiny pests.

Scientists have noted the beetles are starting to jump from lodgepole pine to jack pine, which Saskatchewan says puts its boreal forest at risk.

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