What is a Forest Pest?
A forest pest is any organism occurring in unsustainable numbers, placing a constraint on management or utilization of a forest stand. They can threaten the health and vigour of a forest, biodiversity, and the many social, cultural and economic values Albertans enjoy.
Many factors can have negative effects on the health of a forest. Some are biotic, or living, while others are abiotic or non-living.
|Biotic Factors||Abiotic Factors|
Common Forest Pests and Damage Agents
The Alberta Forest Pest Damage Diagnostic System is a tool that can help determine the specific forest pest or agent causing damage to trees.
Managing Forest Pests
Forest pest management is a systematic approach to reducing pest damage to social and economically acceptable levels. The ministry is committed to sustaining the health of our forests, and does so through
- assessment of risk
- implementation of various management programs in forest stands
- survey and monitoring
Surveys and reports
The forest pest conditions are based on the most current information from various surveys and reports. Conditions are updated as new information becomes available.
- Aspen Defoliators Aerial Survey 2017 - May 2018
- Mountain Pine Beetle Aerial Survey 2017- May 2018
- Spruce Beetle Aerial Survey 2017- May 2018
- Abiotic and Unknown Damage Agent Aerial Survey 2017- May 2018
- Other Biotic Damage Agent Aerial Survey 2017- May 2018
Follow the link below for the archived forest pest condition maps.