Beetle experts visit

Information was presented on the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation in the Fort area last Wednesday night.

Left: Dana Hicks

Information was presented on the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation in the Fort area last Wednesday night.

A couple of dozen people attended a session at the Fort St. James Historic Site Jan. 12 to provide some understanding of the science behind forest management after mountain pine beetle infestation.

Introduced by Sandra Sulyma, a local ecosystem biologist, speakers gave power point presentations on how the beetle infestation changes fire management in forests, timber and habitat values, stand structure and timber supply and carbon capture considerations.

Speakers were: Dana Hicks, of the Prince George Region, fire management specialist; Craig Delong, of the Prince George Region, research ecologist; John Pousette, of the Prince George Forest District, tenures/fibre officer; and Bruce Rogers, of the Prince George Region, assistant regional research ecologist.