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By Brad French
Service Forester, DNRC Clearwater Unit 

Spring forestry tidbits from DNRC


March 11, 2021

Kathy White

This huge ponderosa pine fell in a windstorm on the beach at Big Larch Day Use Area.

Being an owner of forested property can bring many upkeep duties. Thinning, burning, road work and monitoring for health can keep a property owner pretty busy. Windstorms this winter have damaged many trees and can make a mess. Unfortunately, these trees become a "buffet" for beetle activity and the insects can spread to healthy trees if not dealt with in a timely fashion. Most forest insects occur naturally throughout Montana, but with some careful planning and cleanup, you can prevent the spread of beetles into your forest.

Douglas-fir beetle typically infests damaged, sickly or recently...

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