“The biggest problem in the eradication of the beetle is that homes and businesses are close to the infected trees. A controlled burn could be very problematic. The dead trees pose an enormous threat to residents and the public if dead trees fall on roads and power lines or if a wild fire occurs.”
-Jeff Witcosky, entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Lakewood, Colorado
Montana Timber Products is working hard to create and sell wood products from salvaged beetle kill forests which help reduce forest fuels and the risk of catastrophic wildfires.