Beetle Probing

Torrent Silviculture has worked with West Fraser and Tolko mills throughout the interior of British Columbia surveying beetle-infested tree stands. The probing season usually runs from late august until late October depending on snowpack and site accessibility. 

What is Beetle Probing?

Beetle probing is a seasonal occupation in the forestry industry that is a combination of surveying and pest control. It involves assessing trees in a given area which have been infested by the mountain pine or Douglas fir beetle. It is part of the ongoing effort to limit the extent of the beetle infestation in British Columbia.

To start the process, designated aircraft will fly over timber stands to look for groups of red-needled or grey trees of four or more. They mark GPS points for each of these sites. The beetle probers then go to these sites via bush roads and walking. They will set up a predetermined perimeter circle, then inspect every pine tree within this circle for signs of the beetle. This could include stripped bark, red needles, and “pitch outs”; where sap has dripped out of the small holes left by beetles as they burrow into the tree.

Every infested tree must be marked with spray paint and often, a GPS location. Suspect trees will be cut into with a hatchet to determine if there are larvae present within the tree.

Infested areas will then be cut down to mitigate the spread of infestation.

Are you Dedicated, Hardworking, and Adaptable?

Torrent strives to hire all levels of experience and ages. Nothing speaks to character like a good attitude. Our crews are made up of all experience levels. This allows for our experienced workers to share tips, to help with understanding dangerous situations, and to help share the knowledge that you can only get in the field. Diversity allows for everyone to learn something new for each other, and prompts questions and learning.

While silviculture has been stereotypically a college/ university students’ job; providing high paying work during the summer months to pay for one’s education, silviculture has become a career for many of our employees. It provides stability, community and a changing work environment for those involved. Silviculture as an industry is one that is ever changing and adapting. It employs creative, hardworking individuals who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and work hard.

Torrent is a SAFE certified company, meeting and exceeding highest safety standards within the industry. With our generalized training, dedicated crew bosses and supervisors, and in-depth anti-harassment training, we pride ourselves in creating a safe space for all genders, sexual orientations, races and religions.

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