Canadian Forest Service Publications

Assessing the shelf life attributes of mountain pine beetle-killed trees. 2009. Magnussen, S.; Harrison, D. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper 2008-27. 24 p.

Year: 2009

Available from: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 29364

Language: English

Series: Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper (PFC - Victoria)

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In 2006, a total of 360 lodgepole pine trees were destructively sampled from 45 sites that had been killed by mountain pine beetle. The trees were sampled from the Sub Boreal Spruce (SBS) Biogeoclimatic zone within north central British Columbia. The trees were distributed evenly across the geographic areas as well as across a sample matrix that included three classes of time since death, three classes of diameter at breast height, and three classes of soil moisture regime.

A previous report described the procedures used to the collect the data and summarized the data collected for each of the sample trees. The current study analyzes the data and presents a detailed assessment of the changes in the wood quality attributes of mountain pine beetle-killed trees that occur within 5 years since death.

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