Canadian Forest Service Publications

Characterization of the Jack Pine Forests of Western Canada for Susceptibility to Infestation by the Mountain Pine Beetle. 2009. Shore, T.L.; Fall, A.; Burnett, C.; Riel, W.G. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper 2009-04. 29 p.

Year: 2009

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 30097

Language: English

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

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The main goal of this project was to assess provincial scale patterns and connectivity of mountain pine beetle (MPB)-susceptible stands across Alberta and Saskatchewan using graph-based connectivity methods. The approach applies spatial graphs to assess connectivity between high susceptibility stands, as well as proximity across space to known infestations. In areas with new or no current MPB attack, especially in areas within the expanding range, there is relatively high uncertainty of how the MPB may spread, such as in central-western Alberta. We developed graph-based connectivity methods to assess the spatial pattern of high susceptibility hosts across broad regions, under historic, existing or future climates. This information is aimed to help prioritize and rank stands for treatment in areas at risk of imminent or future infestation, and to identify areas for which treatment has no benefit.