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Alan Wiensczyk, Julie Schooling


The current mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic gripping the province of British Columbia is the largest infestation in recorded history. As of 2005, over 8.5 million ha of lodgepole pine forests were in the red-attack stage. This infestation has spawned a wide range of research projects and trials to assess the impact of the current epidemic on all facets of natural resource management, both environmental and socio-economic. To keep you informed about the latest research on the effects of the MPB infestation, we have gathered together a series of articles that covers a wide variety of topics relating to mountain pine beetle, including shelf life, worker safety, hydrological impacts, restoration, regeneration, wildlife, timber supply, and infestation detection.


Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic

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