Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (100 K bytes)

Title: Distribution of bark beetle attacks after whitebark pine restoration treatments: A case study

Author: Waring, Kristen M.; Six, Diana L.;

Date: 2005

Source: Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 20(2): 110-116.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.), an important component of high elevation ecosystems in the western United States and Canada, is declining due to fire exclusion, white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola J.C. Fisch.), and mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins). This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of whitebark pine restoration treatments on the distribution of bark beetle attacks. At a site in Idaho, silvicultural treatments were implemented in summer 1998 and 1999, with prescribed burning implemented in Oct. 1999. Permanent plots (400m2) were established during summer 1999 within each treatment and monitored for 4 years. Within plots, tree characteristics were measured and a bark beetle survey was conducted. Bark beetle attacks remained low throughout the study; however, there was an increase in bark beetle attacks in 2000 after the prescribed burning. By years 3 and 4, there were virtually no successful attacks. Although bark beetles were not a serious concern at the site assessed in this study, our results indicate that managers should consider and monitor the bark beetle component of these ecosystems when implementing restoration treatments. If baseline bark beetle populations are high at the time of implementation, our results indicate that increases in beetle activity would be expected in some treatments, perhaps requiring mitigation.

Keywords: pinus albicaulis, dendroctonus, pityogenes, forest restoration, environmental management, forest, forest management, forest resources, forestry, forestry research, forestry science, natural resources, natural resource management

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)



Waring, Kristen M.; Six, Diana L. 2005. Distribution of bark beetle attacks after whitebark pine restoration treatments: A case study. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 20(2): 110-116.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.