Bark Beetle Technical Working Group

color drawing of a bark beetleThe purpose of the Bark Beetle Technical Working Group (BBTWG) is to provide a means to address issues associated with bark beetle biology, ecology, and management. The BBTWG usually meets on an annual basis and is composed of professional forest pest entomologist, research scientists, and other forest health or resource management specialists representing federal, state, and provincial governments, universities, and private interests. 

Specifically, the BBTWG provides a forum to:

  • Discuss current bark beetle conditions in North America.
  • Identify and discuss issues and concerns related to bark beetle ecology and management.
  • Address short- and long-term research, technology development, and management needs for bark beetles.
  • Communicate issues, concerns, recommendations, priorities and needs to appropriate entities.

Darren Blackford, USDA-FS Forest Health Protection R4, will be the organizer for the 2015 meeting.  Robbie Flowers, USDA-FS Forest Health Protection R6, maintains this website.  Please advise as to updates, corrections, or additions. 


color drawing of a bark beetle

2015 Meeting to be held in Ogden, UT

The 2015 BBTWG meeting will be held in Ogden, UT on October 20th and 21st, concurrent with the annual Western North America Defoliator Working Group meeting.  View the 2014 meeting agenda or previous meeting notes and reports below.


Meeting Notes and Reports

Note: Some files are large and may take additional time to download. 

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