Spruce beetle effects on wildlife
Document Type: Report
Author(s): William B. Collins; Deanna Williams; Todd Trapp
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • berries
  • breeding birds
  • Dendroctonus rufipennis
  • habitat
  • logging
  • moose
  • small mammals
  • spruce bark beetle
  • vegetation
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Record Last Modified: March 4, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 5648


A current epidemic of spruce bark beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) has killed white spruce (Picea glauca) on more than 2.5 million acres in Alaska. Approximately 500,000 acres of new and ongoing infestation is present on the Kenia Peninsula. This scale of infestation has not occurred in more than 100 years, and the level of salvage logging associated with it is unprecedented. However, the effects of canopy reductions by bark beetles and salvage logging on wildlife are poorly documented.

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Collins, William B.; Williams, Deanna; Trapp, Todd. 2000. Spruce beetle effects on wildlife. Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, Research Progress Report, 1 July 1998 - 30 June 1999, Grant W-27-2. Study Number 1.53. Juneau, AK: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation.