British Columbia

Pine beetles partly to blame for bad wildfire season: UBC Forestry expert

July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980 Simon Little A UBC Forestry expert says BC’s Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic may be partly to blame for the tough wildfire season. Speaking on the Jill Bennett Show, Lori Daniels says the infestation helped create the perfect conditions for intense fires. “Some of the forest fires we see burning up in the Cariboo, and up in the mountain systems. Many of those fires are burning through forests that have a lot of dead wood on the ground because of [full article]

The Wake of the Beetle

December 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

by Matt Johnson – December 13th , 2012. Chapter 5 of Empire of the Beetle is mostly a recap of how stupid we are in trying to control this slow moving tsunami which is the bark beetle epidemic. The inevitable fallout for mill towns, built on a mono-economy and a mono-culture (lodgepoles), is predictable. Ghost Forest further explores what I feel is an even greater threat then the loss of the lodgepole forest which is the loss of the five-needled whitebark pines, a keystone species of [full article]

Lodge Pole Tsunami

December 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Picture links to Science News Coverage of Bark Beetles Empire of the Beetle becomes suspenseful as entymologists, politcos and timber barons see if the MPB, the short name for mountain pine beetle,  will jump to the boreal forest’s of Alberta. With no known mountain pine beetle infestations, conifers in the boreal do not have resistance to MPB.   Resin development is crucial for a pine tree to survive.  Lodgepoles produce terpenes, natural chemicals that were used to make turpentine, [full article]

Empire of the Beetle – Book Review

December 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Empire of the Beetle How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America’s Great Forests By: Andrew Nikiforuk Published by Greystone Books, 2011 Reviewed by Matt Johnson – December 3rd, 2012. Some books are so good, they make me wonder why I’m trying to write my own popular tree care articles.  If there is an action packed arborist book, Empire of the Beetle by Andrew Nikiforuk, is it.  I’m only through the first chapter and already the spruce beetle has [full article]

Widespread forest decline fueling pine beetle spread

October 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

Colorado losing 15% of its aspen due to drought. Some of the worst wildfires on record burning millions of acres in Texas. The Euphorbia trees of southern Africa succumbing to heat and water stress. All of these are real-world examples of rapid tree decline. For homeowners in pine beetle infested areas it is effecting industry and jobs, property values and even the power of local government to enforce tree preservation. According to an October 1st article in the New York Times, dozens of tree [full article]

Alberta is not winning the beetle war

February 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

Published February 3, 2011 by Jeff Gailus in Viewpoint War often breeds propaganda. Whether it’s the Second World War, Vietnam or the Iraq War, even democratically elected governments try to manipulate the perceptions of their own countrymen. So it should come as no surprise that Alberta’s self-declared war against the pine beetle has spawned some less-than-accurate claims justifying what amounts to forest industry subsidies running in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Last month, the [full article]

Pine Beetle Activity – July 18, 2010

July 19, 2010 // 0 Comments

Hartsel, CO – I was in the Colorado mountains at the Ranch of the Rockies this weekend.  Very little sign of mountain pine little activity.  Hartsel borders Pike and San Isabel national forests, forests not predicted to be a beetle  hotspot in 2010.  We treated  fifty high profile trees at the front entrance of the Ranch of the Rockies in early July because a pine had been hit.  I did see more  beetle hit trees along 285 in Evergreen, CO,  compared to last year, 2009. [full article]