Nuisance caused by mountain pine beetles

The forest cover in North America apparently turns red. But isn’t it supposed to be green?

The trees can’t help themselves at times. These are the times when the mountain pine beetles attack these trees and disturb their appearance.

The mountain beetle menace is not limited to the appearance of the trees. They literally kill the trees once they attack the trees.

Mountain Pine Beetles just don’t attack trees from the mountains.  They’ve made their way to cities and towns, sometimes even catching a ride into town on firewood.

The mountain pine beetle has a one-year life cycle in most of its range but may take more or less time to complete its development, depending on local temperatures. Adult beetles usually disperse in July or August, depending on the region, to colonize new host trees.

In western North America, the current outbreak of the mountain pine beetle and its microbial associates has destroyed wide areas of lodgepole pine forest, including more than 16 million of the 55 million hectares of forest in British Columbia.

According to an annual assessment by the United State’s forest service, 264,000 acres of trees in Colorado were infested by the mountain pine beetle at the beginning of 2013. This was much smaller than the 1.15 million acres that were affected in 2008 because the beetle has already killed off most of the vulnerable trees.

Beetle killed trees impede elk and elk hunters

November 25, 2014 By Kelsey Dayton

For 17 years Jeff Corson has owned property on the Medicine Bow National Forest near Baggs and Encampment. Walking through the woods, both hiking in the summer and stalking elk in the fall, he’s noticed more and more deadfall.

“It’s a lot harder for me to get around,” he said. “And there’s still a lot left to fall.”

As of 2013, more than half of Medicine Bow’s 1.3 million acres were impacted by the mountain pine beetle. The epidemic has receded, but in the aftermath, forests are left with thousands of acres of trees that are dead and falling. Those same trees that make it difficult for Corson to get around could also present challenges for elk on the move.

Small pine beetle destroying large Ocean County Park

By Nora Muchanic , Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (WPVI) – Some of the trees in Lakewood, New Jersey have stood for over 100 years, planted by oil tycoon and conservationist John D. Rockefeller at what was once his country estate.

It’s now Ocean County’s flagship park where over 1,000 trees have recently been cut down due to an infestation of the relentless and aggressive southern pine beetle.

“If we don’t get a handle on it, these little pine beetles will destroy the trees. They go from one to another,” Ocean County Parks Superintendent Mary Jane Bavais said.

Rich Reenstra, the Ocean County forester, says the southern pine beetle is the size of a grain of rice. It bores into a tree’s bark to feed and breed, injecting a fungus that looks like a dark line.

“That fungus actually girdles the tree and kills below the bark the tree’s ability to transport water,” Reenstra said.

The beetles basically starve the tree, killing its leaves and causing bare branches. The trees try to fight back pushing the invaders out in a sticky ball of sap, but it doesn’t always work.

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