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Thinning is unlikely to reduce insect outbreaks

Mar. 10, 2010 – A report prepared for the U.S. National Center for Conservation Science and Policy says that large-scale insect outbreaks are likely caused mainly by drought and high temperatures and that thinning is unlikely to reduce future outbreaks.


March 10, 2010
By Canadian Biomass

Mar. 10, 2010 – A report prepared for the
U.S. National Center for Conservation Science and Policy by four biologists
reviews research related to beetle outbreaks, how they are related to fire
risk, and the ability of logging to control such outbreaks. Among other findings,
the report says that large-scale insect outbreaks are likely caused mainly by
drought and high temperatures and that thinning is unlikely to reduce future
outbreaks.

Read the report: Insects and Roadless Forests: a Scientific Review of Causes, Consequences and Management
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Read news coverage by Dennis Webb of the Daily Sentinel: www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/report_climate_not_beetles_mai/

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