Harvesting Strategies for Management of Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations in Lodgepole Pine : Preliminary Evaluation, East Long Creek Demonstration Area, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming

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Diameter-limit and leave-tree cuts were tested as ways to reduce or minimize lodgepole pine losses to the mountain pine beetle. In the first year after treatment, loss reductions were proportional to the intensity of cut. According to the Rate of Loss Model, the 100-leave-tree cut was the best deterrent of recurring infestation, measured as amount of losses and length of time. The 100-leave-tree cut also should provide the best regeneration and has the added benefit of reducing dwarf mistletoe infection.


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