Canadian Forest Service Publications

Mountain pine beetle management and decision support. 2004. Shore, T.L.; Safranyik, L. Pages 97-105 in T.L. Shore, J.E. Brooks, and J.E. Stone, editors. Mountain Pine Beetle Symposium: Challenges and Solutions, October 30-31, 2003, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Information Report BC-X-399. 298 p.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25040

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

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Abstract

Management of mountain pine beetle involves strategies and tactics aimed at keeping beetle populations at endemic levels and maintaining vigorous stands. Tactics aimed at reducing beetle populations are termed "direct control" and those directed at maintaining stand vigour are called "preventative management". Decision support tools have been developed that provide valuable information so that managers can make informed choices on appropriate tactics and allocation of resources. Susceptibility and risk rating systems and spatial models are amongst the most useful of these decision support systems. A number of key questions that may be addressed through modelling or other research approaches are presented.