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Canada | Invasive pine beetle ravaging Jasper NP; in future, “It will just be a different forest”

The iconic pine trees blanketing Jasper National Park may never be the same as a mountain pine beetle epidemic has infected nearly half of the park’s pine forest.

The area affected in the 11,000-square-kilometre park is approximately doubling each year, said Dave Argument, resource conservation manager with Jasper National Park, in a Monday interview. Sections of the forest have turned bright red as larvae feed on phloem in the tree trunks and kill them.


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