Canadian Forest Service Publications

Impact of the mountain pine beetle on pulp and papermaking. 2006. Watson, P.A. Pages 255-275 (Chapter 10) 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: 26048

Language: English

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The mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopk. [Coleoptera: Scolytidae]) epidemic poses significant challenges to the pulp and paper industry. In this report, we summarize the current state of knowledge associated with the categories of attack stage (green, red, grey). Early-attacked lodgepole pine sapwood is blue stained and contains a high level of extractives. Grey stage wood exhibits low moisture content. As potentially the largest recipient of blue stained and dry wood, the pulp and paper industry must develop cost-effective utilization strategies to overcome the detrimental effects of these fibre sources. It is recognized that lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud. var. latifolia) killed by blue stain vectored by the mountain pine beetle will provide a significant volume of foreseeable fibre supplies. The long-term effects of dry (grey stage) lodgepole pine are of concern. We have identified the critical knowledge gaps and research needs.