Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program
fRI Research implemented a Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program to carry out focused research and investigations related to infestations of mountain pine beetle in Alberta.
A collaboration between the Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program and the University of British Columbia.
Impacts of mountain pine beetle on hydrology and vegetative redevelopment in lodgepole pine forests of west-central Alberta: Phase II - Ecological responses in the grey attack stage
This project will examine hydrological and vegetation responses in the grey attack stage. Recovery of ecosystem processes is key to future forest productivity & the landscape's ecology.
Beyond Beetle: Natural and facilitated lodgepole pine regeneration after mountain pine beetle outbreaks in Alberta
Alberta is facing a future in which large tracks of lodgepole pine forest have died as a result of attack by Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB). Not all stands attacked by MPB will be salvage harvested; thus we need to understand whether and which tree species will regenerate in untreated post-attack stands and how this varies with ecosite and level of MPB mortality. This research will provide critical information on the potential for natural regeneration in lodgepole pine forests that have been attacked by MPB, in turn informing a science-based approach to their future management.
Potential Impacts of Mountain Pine Beetle and Management Actions on Grizzly Bear and Caribou Populations in West-Central Alberta
This project will determine how MPB-killed stands are impacting caribou and grizzly bear habitat.
Within its historic range, the dynamics of mountian pine beetle (MPB) populations are well understood, but questions persist as to how they will behave in novel pine habitats. This project will determine if MPB will become endemic in novel habitats. This research is critical to developing operational strategies to manage MPB in novel pine habitats.