A spectacular view of the peak of Crowsnest Mountain from it’s lower slopes is made possible only because of the clear cutting of large swathes of the lodgepole pine forests that normally grow densely here.
This image was captured from Allison Creek Road, on the western slopes of Crowsnest Mountain, in Alberta, Canada; a few kilometers north of Chinook Lake Provincial Park.
Taken with a Canon Rebel XSi.
The harvesting of these trees is unfortunately necessary, as the trees being cut are infested with the mountain pine beetle. The trees are being cut and burned to prevent the mountain pine beetles from spreading further.
The mountain pine beetle epidemic has destroyed millions of acres of pine forest in British Columbia and Alberta, and if it continues unchecked will pose a serious threat to Canada’s boreal region.