Windstorm-damaged timber more susceptible to bark beetle attacks

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Idaho forestry officials are warning landowners that trees damaged by recent windstorms are going to be more susceptible to infestations of some bark beetles next spring.

The Coeur D’Alene Press reports that trees uprooted or broken in the storms in north Idaho and the Spokane area can become infested by bark beetles once the weather warms up again and the beetles then will likely spread to healthier trees.

Forest health officials at the Idaho Department of Lands recommend removing damaged trees and burning, chipping or removing branches from the property.

Landowners should be careful to dry logs and green wood from the damaged trees as quickly as possible, to prevent the beetles from settling in. And they do not recommend stacking green firewood near live standing trees.