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Effects of spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) outbreaks on fuels, carbon, and stand structure and composition in Utah and Western Wyoming (Project INT-EM-F-13-02) - Chapter 14
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Daniel S. Ott; Christopher J. Fettig; Darrell W. Ross; A. Steven Munson
Editor(s): Kevin M. Potter; Barbara L. Conkling
Publication Year: 2018

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • C - carbon
  • Dendroctonus rufipennis
  • fuel loading
  • spruce beetle
  • stand composition
  • stand structure
  • surface fuel
Project Number(s):
INT-EM-F-13-02
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Record Last Modified: June 29, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 56118

Description

Spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) is the primary mortality agent of mature spruce species in Western North America (Jenkins and others 2014a, Schmid and Frye 1977). The species preferentially colonizes hosts with reduced defenses, including diseased trees or downed material produced by wind events, snow avalanches, and landslides, as well as trees affected by abiotic stressors, such as high temperature, drought, and/or fire. The majority of colonization of live spruce occurs following downed tree disturbances in mature spruce forests. Outbreaks modify stand structure and composition by causing tree mortality and impact timber and fiber production, fuel conditions, fire risk and severity, water quality and quantity, fish and wildlife populations, recreation, grazing capacity, real estate values, human safety, biodiversity, carbon pools, aesthetics, endangered species, and cultural resources, among other factors (Jenkins and others 2014a). These impacts have been frequently observed in Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii) forests of the Intermountain West (Hebertson and Jenkins 2008, Holsten and others 1999). Describing and quantifying these changes provide land managers guidance for future management actions.

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Ott, Daniel S.; Fettig, Christopher J.; Ross, Darrell W.; Munson, A. Steven. 2018. Effects of spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) outbreaks on fuels, carbon, and stand structure and composition in Utah and Western Wyoming (Project INT-EM-F-13-02) - Chapter 14. Pages 177-182. In: Potter, Kevin M.; Conkling, Barbara L. (editors). Forest health monitoring: national status, trends, and analysis 2017. General Technical Report SRS-GTR-233. Asheville, NC: USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station.