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Wood Borer Distribution and Damage in Decked White Spruce Logs

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Densities of wood-boring beetle larvae were measured in decked white spruce logs in a clearcut and a thinned stand of white spruce in interior Alaska. Differences in borer activity and behavior were evaluated between the two sites and between log positions in the decks. Populations of the white-spotted sawyer, Monochamus scutellatus, a cerambycid, and buprestids were higher in the clearcut area where the bark of decked logs contained less moisture. Two other cerambycids, Tetropium spp., were more abundant in the partially shaded, thinned stand. The white-spotted sawyer was more abundant on the south sides and the buprestids were more common on the top sides of decked logs in the clearcut. Because the white-spotted sawyer caused the greatest damage in decked logs, we recommend locating log decks in shaded areas away from the cutting area. North. J. Appl. For. 5:49-51, March 1988.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Institute of Northern Forestry, Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Fairbanks, AK 99775-5500

Publication date: March 1, 1988

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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