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The interaction of prescribed fire and beetle populations

Can fire be used to slow the spread of mountain pine beetle?

This project assesses whether fire can check MPB population growth. The results will help forest managers to optimize prescribed burns as a management tool for MPB.

  • April 1 2010

    Project Begins

    Progress update: Project kicks off, led by Dr. Nadir Erbilgin

  • September 14 2012

    2012 Field Season Complete

    Progress update: Long term sites have been visited twice for assessments

  • November 19 2012

    Winter Lab Work Underway

    Progress update: Identification of insects collected in traps underway

  • November 19 2013

    Field Work Completed

    Progress update: All field work completed; lab analysis being concluded

  • November 12 2014

    Papers Published

    Progress update: Crisia Tabacaru publishes thesis chapters from work on this project

  • December 31 2014

    Project Completed

    Progress update: The project has produced several papers, Quicknotes and a PhD

Playing with fire: MPB in a post-burn environment

Presentation on study to determine whether burned lodgepole pine stands becomes sinks or sources for MPB populations.

Impact of MPB on fire behaviour: Mitchell Ridge

Presentation on comparisons during monitoring of the Mitchell Ridge prescribed burn to determine between MPB previously, currently or unaffected plots

Prescribed burns and mountain pine beetle populations

Presentation on objectives and methods for author's research into whether burned lodgepole pine stands becomes sinks or sources for MPB populations

Keith McClain

Program Lead

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