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Canada's trees: Chainsaws rip through Point Pleasant Park

It begins as a tiny stowaway on a crate from Europe or Asia, a relocated piece of firewood, or just a mild winter. Within decades, millions of hectares of Canada's woodlands have been laid waste because of it. Armies of tiny insects have stripped city boulevards of stately elms and ruined billions of dollars worth of softwood. Since the 1950s, science has fought these invading waves of caterpillars and beetles using everything from DDT to pheromones and bacteria. But victory seems no closer in the fight to save Canada's trees.

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Workers fell trees to stop the longhorn beetle; critics seek an injunction.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: July 31, 2000
Guests: Edith Angelopolis, Gregg Cunningham, Allan Robertson
Host: Neil MacDonald, Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Natalie Clancy
Duration: 2:13

Last updated: October 4, 2013

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