Originally posted on IUCN’s blog. Reposted by the World Resources Institute (WRI). By Aaron Reuben, IUCN, and Kathleen Buckingham, World Resources Institute. Three short stories of landscape restoration in the western United States show that restoration can mean a lot more than just planting trees. Sometimes it means cutting trees, setting fires, and unleashing destructive […]
Brooks Horne, senior forester for Forest Rehabilitation at Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD), discusses the forest recovery process that occurs after damage from mountain pine beetle (MPB). Even though forests will naturally recover from MPB over the course of twenty five years or more, this may not be fast enough to preserve critical ecosystem services. The ESRD MPB Rehabilitation program has created the overarching objective of continued production of ecosystem goods and services in pine dominated stands heavily impacted by MPB.
Currently there are four priority types of baseline information that need to be attained, including answering the question: how many dead trees are there, and where are they? Horne explains specific objectives, to accomplish the overarching objective, will be created after the baseline information is acquired.
This presentation was a part of the Mountain Pine Beetle Information Exchange Forum in April, 2015.FRI Subject Area: Forest ManagementInsect InfestationsDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program
Richard Harpe, councilor for Division 8, County of Grande Prairie No. 1, sheds light on the impact of the mountain pine beetle (MPB) at the community level. This rural and agricultural community includes large and small businesses, and many families. Here, the mountain pine beetle has been both far-reaching and invasive.
MPB hit in 2006, and a control program was started shortly thereafter.
Harpe discusses the results of the program, and the socio-economic impacts of the MPB. Yearly crop loss alone is estimated to be 4 million annually, but the full impact of the MPB is yet to be determined.
This presentation was a part of the Mountain Pine Beetle Information Exchange Forum, April 2015.FRI Subject Area: Forest ManagementInsect InfestationsDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program
Art Stock, RPF, regional entomologist for the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations provides a summary of the mountain pine beetle in B.C. He discusses the annual volume of trees killed by MPB in B.C. each year and presents the aerial overview survey program results for 2014. The suppression program is highlighted - including areas stratified into Beetle Management Units, detailed aerial surveys and ground surveys, as well as fall and burn treatments. An overview of the 2008 - 2012 strategy, policy and funding for MPB control is also given.
This presentation was a part of the fRI Mountain Pine Beetle Information Exchange Forum, April 2015.FRI Subject Area: Forest ManagementInsect InfestationsDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program
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July 28, 2015—LA GRANGE, Texas—The wildfires of 2011 caused significant destruction throughout Bastrop County. Residents may now wonder what can be done to reclaim the beauty of the landscape. This question can be answered during Texas A&M Forest Service’s landowner workshop. Attendees will learn how