Canadian Forest Service Publications

Principles and concepts of management. 2006. Shore, T.L.; Safranyik, L.; Whitehead, R.J. Pages 117-121 (Chapter 4) in L. Safranyik and W.R. Wilson, editors. The mountain pine beetle: a synthesis of biology, management, and impacts on lodgepole pine. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Columbia. 304 p.

Year: 2006

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26042

Language: English

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In this section, an introduction to management of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopk. [Coleoptera: Scolytidae]) and its host is provided and basic principles and concepts of management are described. Preventive management is used in Western Canada to reduce tree, stand and landscape susceptibility to the mountain pine beetle. As well, direct control strategies and tactics are used to reduce mountain pine beetle populations. The two approaches are combined and form an integral part of a management plan. Forest protection and management of forest health are vital components of land manage-ment to achieve stated objectives. Plans to manage insects, including the mountain pine beetle, are developed to support land management objectives and form an integral part of land management plans. The principles for reducing losses of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud. var. latifolia Engelm.) to the mountain pine beetle must be based on the main features of beetle population dynamics, especially the evolved insect-host interaction. Key features of this interaction are the effects of tree, stand, and site parameters on tree and stand susceptibility, the process of population change from the endemic to the epidemic state, and the role of beetle population size and spatial distribution of susceptible stands in the development and maintenance of outbreaks at the landscape level. These and other aspects of the insect host interaction are described in detail elsewhere in this volume.