Province to restore beetle-ravaged Cape Breton forests

The province announced yesterday it is restoring forests in CapeBreton’s Mabou Highlands, a section of land being ravaged by the sprucebark beetle.

 

The province announced yesterday it is restoring forests in Cape Breton’s Mabou Highlands, a section of land being ravaged by the spruce bark beetle.

 

The harvesting of two sites on a total of 95 hectares of Crown land located in the northern end of the highlands is underway and is expected to last about two to three weeks.

 

A provincial release issued yesterday said the harvesting will reduce the amount of white spruce trees, which the spruce bark beetle is killing. The harvesting is being done to encourage “the natural regeneration of hardwood trees such as yellow birch and sugar maple, indigenous to the highlands region,” the release said.

 
 
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