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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program taking applications

The Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program provides funding to homeowners, private landowners and municipalities for replacing trees that have been killed by mountain pine beetle on private or municipal land.  The mountain pine beetle arrived in west-central Alberta for the first time in July 2006, when strong winds carried insects to the region from central B.C., a distance of 400 kilometres. The beetle attacks all pine species, most notably lodgepole pine, the provincial tree of Alberta. It will also attack jack pine and the endangered whitebark and limber pines.

The Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program, was first launched in 2010 by Tree Canada, in partnership with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and TELUS.

Who can apply?
  • Residents - Residents who had individual trees killed by mountain pine beetle may apply for a rebate of $500 off the estimated cost of an individual landscaped tree. The online application, and 1-2 photos of mountain pine beetle damage, can be sent to our Tree Canada Community Advisor for review and approval.
  • Landowners - Private landowners who have shelterbelt trees or landscape trees around their yard killed by mountain pine beetle will be able to apply for tree seedlings or potted trees up to a 5 gallon pot size, for a maximum amount of $5,000.
  • Municipalities - Municipalities who have had trees killed by mountain pine beetle will be able to apply for trees for a maximum amount of $10,000.

How to apply

Visit http://treecanada.ca/en/programs/operation-releaf/alberta-mountain-pine-beetle-releaf , fill out an application form and submit before July 30, 2015

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