Living Without Mountain Pine Beetle

Lodgepole Pine

Dead and Dying (Due to Mountain Pine Beetle) Lodgepole Pine Photo: US National Forest Service

Mountain Pine Beetle has killed millions of pines in the western US and Canada. The outbreaks are associated with warmer weather. Some efforts are being made to utilize the dead trees as lumber. Minnesota is worried about the spread of the beetle into its forests. Mountain Pine Beetles have been detected in wood shipped to Minnesota for firewood, lumber or furniture. Minnesota is proposing a quarantine that would ban the import of freshly cut logs from states where Mountain Pine Beetle is present.

The spread of wood boring beetles is affecting the quality of our forests. Entomologists have demonstrated that the pines common in Minnesota are suitable hosts for MPB. Protecting our forests in the era of invasive insects and changing climate requires restriction on movement of lumber and tree products that can spread undesired insects.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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