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    Author(s): Jose F. NegronBarbara J. Bentz; Christopher J. Fettig; Nancy GilletteE. Matthew HansenJane L. HayesRick G. Kelsey; John E. Lundquist; Ann M. LynchRobert A. Progar; Steven J. Seybold
    Date: 2008
    Source: Journal of Forestry. 106(6): 325-331.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Bark beetles cause extensive tree mortality in coniferous forests of western North America and play an important role in the disturbance ecology of these ecosystems. Recently, elevated populations of bark beetles have been observed in all conifer forest types across the western United States. This has heightened public awareness of the issue and triggered legislation for increased funding for state and federal agencies to address issues associated with bark beetle outbreaks. Recently, US Forest Service, Research and Development entomologists from the western research stations met with US Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection entomologists, our primary stakeholder, to identify bark beetle research priorities. These include vegetation management; ecological, economic, and social consequences of outbreaks; fire and bark beetle interactions; effects of climate change on bark beetle populations; and chemical ecology.

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    Negron, Jose F.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Fettig, Christopher J.; Gillette, Nancy; Hansen, E. Matthew; Hayes, Jane L.; Kelsey, Rick G.; Lundquist, John E.; Lynch, Ann M.; Progar, Robert A.; Seybold, Steven J. 2008. US Forest Service bark beetle research in the western United States: Looking toward the future. Journal of Forestry. 106(6): 325-331.

    Keywords

    bark beetles, western forest insects

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