Beetle outbreaks not responsible for severe fires

A new whitepaper by Geos Institute Chief Scientist Dr. Dominick DellaSala summarizes the results of dozens of recent field studies in multiple regions on the effects of mountain pine beetle tree kill on fire severity.

"There is now substantial fieldbased evidence showing that beetle outbreaks do not contribute to severe fires nor do outbreak areas burn more severely when a fire does occur. Outbreaks are primarily the result of a warming climate that has allowed more beetles to survive and to have multiple broods within a breeding season."

Read the full paper "Do Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks Increase the Risk of High-Severity Fires in Western Forests?"

After you read the synthesis, check about Bark's work to protect diverse forests affected by Mountain Pine Beetles in the Lemiti Butte Timber Sale