Insects with impact: Helping manage bark beetles for healthy forests
February 28, 2019
SWAN VALLEY – Winter is typically a quiet time of year, but come February, the phone at Swan Valley Connections (SVC) starts ringing.
"Yes, the date is still April 15," I hear Leanna Grubaugh say down the hall.
Leanna may be our longtime Office Manager but everyone in earshot knows she's not talking about tax day. She's talking about another kind of deadline, determined by the time when Douglas-fir beetles take flight.
Douglas-fir beetles, along with the mountain pine beetles, are creatures we love to hate. With a shared genus name that means "tree destroyer" (Dendro = tree, tonus = de...