Forests 2014, 5(4), 822-826; doi:10.3390/f5040822
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A Comment on “Management for Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak Suppression: Does Relevant Science Support Current Policy?”

Received: 12 March 2014; in revised form: 12 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 April 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interactions between Bark Beetles and Forests)
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Abstract: There are two general approaches for reducing the negative impacts of mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins, on forests. Direct control involves short-term tactics designed to address current infestations by manipulating mountain pine beetle populations, and includes the use of fire, insecticides, semiochemicals, sanitation harvests, or a combination of these treatments. Indirect control is preventive, and designed to reduce the probability and severity of future infestations within treated areas by manipulating stand, forest and/or landscape conditions by reducing the number of susceptible host trees through thinning, prescribed burning, and/or alterations of age classes and species composition. We emphasize that “outbreak suppression” is not the intent or objective of management strategies implemented for mountain pine beetle in the western United States, and that the use of clear, descriptive language is important when assessing the merits of various treatment strategies.
Keywords: Dendroctonus ponderosae; direct control; indirect control; Pinus contorta; Pinus ponderosa; sanitation; thinning
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Fettig, C.J.; Gibson, K.E.; Munson, A.S.; Negrón, J.F. A Comment on “Management for Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak Suppression: Does Relevant Science Support Current Policy?”. Forests 2014, 5, 822-826.

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Fettig CJ, Gibson KE, Munson AS, Negrón JF. A Comment on “Management for Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak Suppression: Does Relevant Science Support Current Policy?”. Forests. 2014; 5(4):822-826.

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Fettig, Christopher J.; Gibson, Kenneth E.; Munson, A. S.; Negrón, Jose F. 2014. "A Comment on “Management for Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak Suppression: Does Relevant Science Support Current Policy?”." Forests 5, no. 4: 822-826.

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