I understand the under brush thing.Nothing can stop a crown fire. If wildfires had categories like hurricane's a crown fire would be a cat 7.
Eliminating the underbrush will most of the time keep it from getting too the tree tops.
I think the chief cause is two fold. The warmer winters not killing the beetles. And yes the old growth forest which is their primary target.@keenataz,
We spoke before once upon a time (when I was someone else here) about forestry and bark beetles. I've come to respect what you have to say.
Anyway. I'm curious as to your thoughts on the beetle populations in relation to the disrupted natural wildfire cycle in the PNW. My personal thoughts are that it's possible the bark beetle population has exploded because it has not been kept in check by the natural fire cycle in the West. A vicious cycle so to speak. Some species of beetle are native and some are not. Maybe the fire suppression has caused the beetle populations to explode, which kills trees and creates even more fuel for fires. What's your opinion here?
The cycle of drought and not enough winter cold is what has stressed the trees enough to allow the increased ingestion here. Is it the same there?I think the chief cause is two fold. The warmer winters not killing the beetles. And yes the old growth forest which is their primary target.
This infestation was different however, it also attacked immature timber, which it had not done before. By doing this it not only killed trees for this harvest rotation, but for the next 50 years.
So yes I agree