Influence of Logging on Douglas Fir Beetle Populations
The Forestry Chronicle
All species of bark beetles of economic importance prefer to attack freshly-killed host material. Logging slash, wind-throw, and fire-killed timber provide ideal breeding grounds for bark beetles. A few species, mostly in the Dendroctonus group, are able to kill living trees. When beetles in the group, raised in preferred host material, cannot find any or enough freshly-killed trees, logs, or slash to enter, they may attack living trees. In the interior of British Columbia, infestations of the Douglas fir beetle can often be traced to logging disturbance.
Lejeune, R., McMullen, L. and Atkins, M. (1961). Influence of logging on Douglas fir beetle populations. Forestry Chronicle, 37(4): 308-314.