Canadian Forest Service Publications

Commercial thinning of mature lodgepole pine: Results of “beetle proofing” research in the East Kootenays. 2001. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC, (Brochure). 6 p.

Year: 2001

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 18334

Language: English

Availability: Order paper copy (free), PDF (download)

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Abstract

Susceptibility of lodgepole pine stands to epidemic attack by mountain pine beetle increases sharply after about 80 years of age. During an epidemic outbreak, mature pines may be killed on thousands of hectares, disrupting timber suppy, habitat, recreation, aesthetics and watershed values. This brochure outlines the results of field trials to assess the effectiveness of thinning and overstory removal to protect pine stands from attack by the mountain pine beetle.