Researchers presented results from a National Science Foundation-funded project studying management responses to Mountain Pine Beetle infestations in the western U.S. This research included case studies of national forests and surrounding communities that were heavily affected by impacts from the beetle in Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, and Washington. The scale, scope, and public visibility of the beetle outbreak resulted in different responses in the four case study areas, including the use of different management approaches and policies. The rapid pace at which the epidemic spread also created challenges around managers’ inability to respond quickly enough. In this presentation, the scientists shared findings on differences and similarities between how the different case studies responded to mountain pine beetle impacts and what policies, authorities, and approaches managers used to address beetle issues in their national forests.

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Sep 4, 2019
Jesse Abrams, Heidi Huber-Stearns, Emily Jane Davis
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Fire Ecology

NRFSN number: 24322
Record updated: January 10, 2023