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The most important thing homeowners and communities can do is thin forests to reduce flammable fuels and save them from insects.


Thinned forests are more resilient, have more moisture and nutrients available to fend off beetles, and are more fire-worthy. We help you plan and implement projects to help you survive the fires next time.


The Growing Concern of the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic


The mountain pine beetle epidemic is one of the West Coast's most significant concerns. California recently declared a mountain pine beetle emergency, as the attack in the central Rocky Mountains has been going on for 20 years. Over 500,000 acres of pine forest have been attacked in the Black Hills alone, with over 50 million acres affected across the West. It's not hard to spot these beetles' destruction- masses of tiny, rice-sized beetles burrow into large pine trees and, a year later, create conspicuous red-needled trees that can be seen from miles away. Let's dive into why this growing concern is significant and how it can be addressed.


What makes this epidemic so concerning? On a public safety level, dead trees without foliage are much more likely to go up in flames than healthy green ones, creating dead fuel to feed a wildfire. Dead trees also pose a risk when they fall during windy conditions or as they decay over time- some of these trees have fallen onto homes, buildings, and roads during windstorms due to their weakened structure caused by beetle attacks. On an aesthetic level, people have noticed dramatic changes in their local scenery due to a large number of dead pine trees dotting landscapes.


What can be done about it?

As experts in mountain pine beetle control and prevention, we work with homeowners and land managers to develop strategies to reduce losses from bark-boring beetles like mountain pine beetles. We are committed to providing services that protect our forests and ensure sustainability for future generations.

Our approach includes the following:

  • Proactive management practices: reducing stress levels on existing trees through proper thinning practices before bark-boring insects attack them.
  • Reactive management practices: enacted after an attack, salvaging affected timber before it loses value or assessing damage caused by bark-boring insects like Ips engraver beetle or mountain pine beetle.


The mountain pine beetle epidemic is quickly becoming one of the most severe environmental concerns today - but there are ways we can help address it. Protecting our forests is essential for healthy communities. We can safeguard them by practicing proper forest management, such as thinning stands threatened by stress or drought, and promptly salvaging any infested areas. Effective utilization of wood fiber products from salvaged logs, we can help reduce our losses from bark-boring insects such as mountain pine beetle or Ips engraver beetle while protecting our forests for future generations. Working with us will ensure you get the best possible solution to your insect problem - contact us today!


At PFMc, we offer comprehensive planning, project management, and implementation services tailored to forestry and rangeland practices in the Western United States. Our services extend to individual property owners, businesses, government officials - anyone who wishes to maintain their forested areas or range land healthy, productive, and safeguarded. From consultation to on-the-ground execution of plans, our team is here to help. Explore the benefits of consultation with Professional Forest Management today.

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