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Cutting Strategies can Reduce Probabilities of Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemics in Lodgepole Pine

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Mountain pine beetle attacks in lodgepole pine stands are generally concentrated on trees of large diameter and thick phloem, and brood production is greatest within such trees. Three lodgepole stands infested at various epidemic levels were sampled in 1971 and pre-epidemic diameter and phloem thickness distributions were estimated. Estimates of residual food supplies for beetles when partial cutting levels were applied to the data show that managing the stands so that trees did not reach 10 inches dbh would have substantially lowered the probabilities that epidemics would develop.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Entomologist, Forest Pest Management, State and Private Forestry, Rocky Mountain Region, Denver, Colorado

Publication date: May 1, 1976

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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