Bark beetles getting worse, forester says

Bark beetle problems continue to worsen on Northern Idaho forest lands, a university forester says.

Drought stress from several years ago has led to the increased pressure now, said Chris Schnepf, University of Idaho Extension forester in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Western pine beetles, pine engraver beetles, fir engraver beetles and Douglas fir beetles all are more active this year, he said.

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