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By Brad French
Montana DNRC Clearwater Unit 

Douglas-fir bark beetle activity on the rise in Seeley


March 24, 2022

Being an owner of forested property can bring many upkeep duties. Thinning, burning, roadwork and monitoring for tree health can keep a property owner busy. Many large, old Douglas-fir trees in the Double Arrow Ranch and valley foothills are showing signs of beetle attacks in the last couple years, including some trees over 400 years in age.

Last year’s beetle-infested trees can affect your healthy trees if not dealt with in a timely fashion. Most forest insect pests occur naturally throughout Montana, but with some careful planning and the right type of removal, you can prevent the s...

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