The mountain pine beetle
threatens over five million hectares of Albertas pine forest and affects the activities of more than half of the major forest companies operating in the province.
Companies such as Interfor, West Fraser and Conifex have struggled for years with the mountain pine beetle
, which has destroyed millions of acres of timber in the western provinces of Canada and Rocky Mountain states of the United States.
Struggling for life in the face of challenges--the pesky mountain pine beetle
, a non-native fungal disease called white pine blister rust, and the always ominous force of climate change --the species could certainly use someone advocating for its restoration.
com)-- To monitor forest health issues, such as the southern pine beetle
, the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) completes aerial monitoring flights statewide each year in the spring and fall.
devastating forests: The Pine Beetle
has shifted its range further north with increasingly warm climates in North America, moving into Canada and devastating extremely large areas of pine forest.
7 million acres of whitebark pine--about 11 million pines in all--have been killed by the mountain pine beetle
, a native insect that became much more prevalent in Western forests in the late 1990s.
On a rainy afternoon, Molly Hassett, DEC's Southern Pine Beetle
Program Planner, and I arrived at Connetquot River State Park Preserve on Long Island to assess tree damage reported by staff.
In the northeastern United States, millions of pine and ash trees are in danger because of two small insects, the southern pine beetle
and the emerald ash borer.
The article by Maddie Oatman calls the pine beetle
a "super bug.
The concern is that the wide area of mortality that has occurred with the pine beetle
outbreak will be magnified by the switch of nutcrackers to other food sources.
And in the last decade, scientists spotted the southern pine beetle
north of the Mason-Dixon Line for the first time on record, in New Jersey and later on Long Island.
Global warming, however, has allowed the mountain pine beetle
to expand its range into high-elevation forests, where the whitebark pine is virtually defenseless against this newcomer and its explosive attacks.