For Trees’ Sake: Forest Service tackles bark beetle problem

The bright flames of a raging wildfire and the aftermath it leaves behind may cause many to think that the biggest forest danger in the west is unrestrained fire, but the reality is actually much quieter and much, much smaller.

Mountain pine bark beetles are only about five millimeters long, about the size of a single grain of rice. They feed and reproduce on the inner bark of ponderosa pines, among others, which creates a maze-like formation of tubes or tunnels in the wood. read more >>