Nail withdrawal properties of beetle-transmitted blue-stain fungus in lodgepole pine dimensional lumber
The mountain pine beetle has existed in North American forests for many years to some extent, yet it has reached levels of epidemic proportions is recent years. The recent damage in our forests has been growing at an exponential rate, and there is little that can be done to stop the momentum. The current outbreak has been attributed to two main causes--aggressive wildfire prevention practices in our forests; and warmer winters that no longer reach the lower temperatures which used to kill the beetles seasonally. These two factors have allowed some forests to generate mountain pine beetle ...
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