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    Author(s): Dan Loeffler; Nathaniel Anderson
    Date: 2018
    Source: Montana Business Quarterly. Spring 2018: 22-26.
    Publication Series: Magazines or Trade Publications
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Description

    Beginning in the late 1990s, the pine forests of Montana began to experience the largest mountain pine beetle outbreak in recorded history. Large swaths of forests began to turn red, then gray as the beetles ate their way through Pacific Northwest stands. At their peak in 2009, this native insect infested nearly 3.7 million acres statewide, leaving dead or dying trees in their wake. The infestation became a hot topic not only among those concerned with forest management, but also among the wood products industry. By 2014, pine beetle numbers began to decline with new infestation totaling about 600,000 acres.

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    Citation

    Loeffler, Dan; Anderson, Nathaniel. 2018. Recovering from the mountain pine beetle. Montana Business Quarterly. Spring 2018: 22-26.

    Keywords

    mountain pine beetle, forest management, wood products, timber

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