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Mountain Pine Beetle Management In Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle Information Exchange Forum fRI MBPEP April 23, 2014

Erica Samis Senior Forest Health Officer Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development


Objectives

Funding Current Detections 2013 Beetle Management Program Where to Next


Provincial Objectives 1.

Prevent the spread north and south along the eastern slopes of Alberta, and

2.

Prevent the spread eastward into the boreal forest of lodgepole-jack pine hybrid and jack pine forests.


Provincial Objectives Alberta has been actively managing MPB infestations since 2006 based on these objectives. Much has changed and the objectives need to be updated and expanded.


Provincial Strategies 1. 2. 3.

Prevention / Susceptibility Reduction Detection / Risk Analysis / Control Rehabilitation


Provincial Strategies 1. 2. 3.

Prevention / Susceptibility Reduction Detection / Risk Analysis / Control Rehabilitation


Detection / Risk Analysis / Control

Activity Population Assessment Surveys (r value) Dispersal Bait Deployment Aerial Surveys Green:Red Surveys Dispersal Bait Pick-up Site Priorotiy Assessment/Annual Workplan Devlopment Ground Surveys Control

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

March


Caroline Whitehouse Devin Letourneau Tom Hutchison

Andrea Sharpe Seena Handel Jenn MacCormick

Pam Melnick

Brad Jones


Historic Funding Allocated Funding

Year 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Federal Contribution

Other Contribution

Supp Estimate

Expenditures

Included in Forest Mgt Budget

Budget Base Funding (BU 069)

Total Budget Provincial Base (BU Actuals EPEF Funding 069) (BU 071)

Total Expense

-

-

-

50.00

0.95 7.04 2.60

0.95 7.04 52.60

0.95 7.04 2.60

46.50

0.95 7.04 49.10

2007-08 (1) 2008-09

8.00 -

-

22.00 18.00

50.00 50.00

2.60 5.20

74.60 73.20

2.60 5.20

74.40 54.60

77.00 59.80

2009-10 (2)

10.00

-

25.00

-

4.20

29.20

4.20

32.30

36.50

2010-11 (3)

0.37

-

30.00

-

4.20

34.20

4.20

28.20

32.40

2011-12 (4)

-

0.15

30.00

-

4.20

34.20

3.39

29.40

32.79

2012-13 (5,6,8)

-

0.45

30.00

-

4.30

34.30

3.32

27.16

30.48

18.37

0.60

10.00 165.00

150.00

35.29

10.00 350.29

33.50

10.76 303.32

10.76 336.82

2012-13 (7) Total

Average MPB Survey and Control spending over the last eight years is $40.6 million. Federal contributions have contributed less than 6.2% of the total expenses from 2004-05 to 2011-12 All federal funding and other contributions are recorded as dedicated revenue in the department and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Fund (EPEF) Note 1: Note 2: Note 3: Note 4: Note 5: Note 6: Note 7:

Supplementary estimates included $8.0 million from the federal Mountain Pine Beetle Program. $10.0 million received via dedicated revenue from the federal Community Adjustment Fund. $0.37 million received from the federal Community Adjustment Fund. $0.150 million received from the Government of Saskatchewan. $0.450 million received from the Government of Saskatchewan. $30.0 million received for MPB Survey and Control. $10.0 million received for MPB Forest Rehabilitation, new initiative this fiscal. Updated: 1 May 2013


Funding Allocations


Current Detections

Aerial surveys Dispersal baits


Current Detections Currently, active beetle populations can be found in all regions of Alberta except for the Red Deer Region. Beetles have been found at bait sites as far east as Lac La Biche and in the Northwest Territories in the north.


2013 Beetle Year MPB Tracklog Summary


Mountain pine beetle Dispersal Bait Results in Alberta, 2013


Mountain pine beetle Dispersal Bait Results in Alberta, 2013


1.54 million hectares have sustained some MPB damage ~26% of the forest at risk


2013 Beetle Management Program Survey and Control Planning Ground Surveys -Decision Support System to determine how many aerial survey sites need to be ground surveyed Trees to Control -estimated by using aerial survey results and G:R results Zone setting -use number of sites to survey, estimated number of trees to control and budget


2013 Beetle Management Program Survey and Control Planning Ground Surveys -Decision Support System to determine how many aerial survey site need to be ground surveyed


Ground Surveys Number of Survey Sites 20000 18000 16000

Survey Sites

14000 12000 10000 8000 6000 4000 2000 0 2010

2011

2012

Year

2013


Ground Surveys Number of Survey Sites 20000 18000 16000

Survey Sites

14000 12000 10000 8000 6000 4000 2000 0 2010

2011

2012

Year

2013


2013 Beetle Management Program Survey and Control Planning Trees to Control -estimated by using aerial survey results and G:R results


2013 Beetle Management Program Survey and Control Planning Zone setting -use number of sites to survey, estimated number of trees to control and budget


Management Zones Leading Edge 1st priority, 3+ tree sites treated

Active Holding 2nd priority, 10+ trees treated

Inactive Holding managed for other values, no treatment


Contract Costs Survey contracts

Weighted Average ($/site) Average ($/site) Transect rate ($/ha)

2010

2011 $289.60

2012 $336.05

2013 $354.46

$250.69

$307.73

$355.20 $0.04

$380.49 $0.043

2010

2011 $88.03

2012 $98.98

2013 $149.54

$88.95

$121.85

$112.36

$167.93

2010 $673.60

2011 $770.25

2012 $1026.25

2013 $943.48

Control Contracts

Weighted Average ($/tree) Average ($/tree) QI Contracts

Average ($/man/day)


Contract Costs Survey contracts

Weighted Average ($/site) Average ($/site) Transect rate ($/ha)

2010

2011 $289.60

2012 $336.05

2013 $354.46

$250.69

$307.73

$355.20 $0.04

$380.49 $0.043

2010

2011 $88.03

2012 $98.98

2013 $149.54

$88.95

$121.85

$112.36

$167.93

2010 $673.60

2011 $770.25

2012 $1026.25

2013 $943.48

Control Contracts

Weighted Average ($/tree) Average ($/tree) QI Contracts

Average ($/man/day)


Survey and Control Planning Many changes to working areas changed as work progressed based on the number of trees found during the survey Sites surveyed were dropped from control $10 million earmarked for rehabilitation reduced to $5 million Weyerhaeuser ran control program through FRIAA


Level 1 Control Over 165,000 trees controlled between ESRD and WeyCo programs


Where to next Provincial Objectives Pine Strategy Rehabilitation


Provincial Objectives 1. Minimize spread of MPB north and south along the eastern slopes of Alberta to minimize impacts to key watersheds;

2. Slow further eastward spread, and minimize impact of MPB in the boreal forest’s lodgepole-jack pine hybrid and jack pine ecosystems; 3. Rehabilitate stands with significant tree mortality where natural regeneration will be slow and where desired ecological function is being impacted by the losses; 4. Contribute to the goals and objectives outlined in approved Land-use Framework plans or Sub-regional plans; 5. Protect Endangered tree species and critical habitat; 6. Participate and collaborate on interprovincial/territorial and national spread mitigation initiatives; and 7. Support Alberta based research to inform management decisions.


What have we gained? Have treated 1 million infested trees since 2006

Without controlling the infested trees for the past 6 years, there would be over 47 million infested trees on the landscape


Questions

02ericasamis  

https://foothillsri.ca/sites/default/files/02EricaSamis.pdf

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