Pine Beetle Program

City of Penticton Parks staff monitors local pine trees for the presence of the devastating Mountain Pine beetle, and to date very little Mountain Pine Beetle has been detected in Penticton. Tree owners should be diligent in monitoring their trees for signs of the beetle, so that action can be taken quickly. Spring is a good time to check for the presence of Pine beetle in your pine trees.

What to Look For

Look for needle discoloration – needles fade from green to yellow to deep red over entire tree.

Look for small holes through the bark commonly found in the lower 6 meters of the trunk.

There may be “Pitch Tubes” in the same location on the trunk – these are popcorn-shaped globs of resin (whitish/red) coming out of the beetle boring holes.

Boring sawdust may be seen in the bark crevices and on the ground near the base of the tree.

Peel a small amount of bark from the main tree trunk and you may see tunnels on the under side of the bark that contain beetles, eggs or larvae.

What to do if You Find Damage

The primary method of bark beetle control is sanitation: Infested trees should be removed and debarked or destroyed. Beetle infested trees should not be used as firewood, transported or stored for any length of time unless they are first debarked to destroy the beetles.

For more information on Mountain Pine Beetle:

Elm Seed Bug

The City of Penticton is starting to get a number of reports of Elm Seed Bug occurences throughout the City.  If you are finding Elm Seed Bugs in and around your property, there are controls that can be put in place to reduce the number of Elm Seed Bugs.

  • Seal off entry points into the home
  • Clean up elm seeds and debris around the property
  • Use sticky traps to catch bugs around the entire house
  • Remove volunteer elm trees

Elm seed bugs do not bite, they do not pose a health risk to humans or pets.  The Elm Seed Bug does not cause any harm to the trees, as they generally feed on the seeds.

If you find Elm Seed Bugs on your property please consult the attached document for more information from the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture.

Green Streets Community

The City of Penticton is a proud TD Green Streets program participant. In an effort to improve the urban forest within our city, Penticton was granted $12,000 in 2013 to plant trees and shrubs and to promote the benefits of trees in our city. TD Green Streets is the flagship program for Tree Canada. It is a nationally based municipal forestry innovation program, and since its inception in 1994 has provided funding to more than 479 municipalities to support leading edge practices in municipal forestry.

Founded by TD Bank Group in 1990, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada. With the support of more than 140,000 donors, TD FEF has provided more than $60 million to over 21,000 environmental projects and programs.

Rotary Peace Park

With the Green Streets funding, 30 trees and 150 shrubs were planted to create the newly developed Rotary Peace Park, adjacent to Penticton Secondary School and KVR Middle School on the KVR pathway. The Rotary Peace Park project was initiated by the Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club to commemorate their International Student Exchange program. In partnership with the City of Penticton and students and staff from Penticton Secondary School the project was completed May 30 at a volunteer tree planting event.

Skaha Lake Park

Skaha Park features a large stand of mature Ponderosa Pine, which is indigenous to the Okanagan Valley. Over the past few years many of these trees have been removed due to two major windstorms and an ongoing battle with pine beetle, an insect that can quickly kill large coniferous trees. This has resulted in a dramatic reduction of tree canopy, an important feature that provides shade to families and tourists who visit the park throughout the year.

The City of Penticton was selected by TD FEF and Tree Canada to receive a $15,000 TD Green Streets grant for its 2012 urban reforestation program. The funding will further the City's plan for park development, particularly a three-acre Skaha Park expansion program. Fifty new trees as well as some shrubs were planted in the park, and smaller tree seedlings from another site were transplanted into the project area.