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A Novel Approach to Managing Fuelwood Harvest Using Bark Beetle Pheromones

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A multiyear study of synthesized mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) pheromones was conducted within lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) stands on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to demonstrate their potential use as a management tool for fuelwood harvest. The use of mountain pine beetle aggregant baits was shown to be highly effective in relocating beetles into designated bait blocks, dramatically increasing the amount of beetle-related tree mortality. Treatment of blocks with antiaggregant verbenone capsules appeared to provide little or no additional protection when compared with associated control blocks. Given defined objectives and appropriate stand and insect population conditions, pheromone baits can be used to improve management of fuelwood harvest and potentially improve stand health. West. J. Appl. For. 15(4):183–188.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 860 N. 1200 E., Logan, UT, 84321 2: USDA Forest Service, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Ketchum, ID, 83340

Publication date: October 1, 2000

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