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  • Douglas-fir Bark Beetle activity on the rise in Lincoln

    Brad French, MTDNRC Clearwater Unit|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Being an owner of forested property can bring many upkeep duties. Thinning, burning, road work, and monitoring for tree health can keep a property owner busy. Many large, old Douglas-fir trees on city lots in Lincoln are showing signs of beetle attacks in the last year, including some trees over 400 years in age. Last year's beetle-infested trees can affect your healthy trees if not dealt with in a timely fashion. Most forest insect pests occur naturally throughout Montana,...

  • Melting snow means forest insect pest management

    Brad French, DNRC Clearwater Unit|Updated Apr 3, 2019

    Springtime is here, and for a lot of forest landowners it means getting back into the woods on their property for cleanup and upkeep. It also means that forest insects start to show themselves again. Forest insects are found throughout Montana, with some being more of a problem than others depending on conditions. Below are a few facts that may help forest landowners address concerns. Douglas-fir beetles typically infest damaged, sickly or recently broken Douglas-fir trees....

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