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Estimating Extent of Mortality Associated with the Douglas-fir Beetle in the Central and Northern Rockies

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Data collected from Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) stands infested by the Douglas-fir beetle (Dendroctonus pseudotsugae) in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah, were used to develop models to estimate amount of mortality in terms of basal area killed. Models were built using stepwise linear regression and regression tree approaches. Linear regression models using initial Douglas-fir basal area were built for all study sites but produce low precision estimates. Regression tree models using initial Douglas-fir basal area or stand density index or both were also built for all sites. Regression tree models provide a more realistic approach to estimate potential mortality by creating more homogenous mortality classes with reduced variance. The models developed provide land managers with a basis for determining the potential mortality should a Douglas-fir beetle outbreak develop. West. J. Appl. For. 14(3):121-127.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA For. Serv. Forest Health Protection, 1249 South Vinnell Way, Suite 200, Boise, ID 83709

Publication date: 1999-07-01

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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 Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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