Mountain Pine Beetle Term Paper by Nicky

Mountain Pine Beetle
An overview of the mountain pine beetle that focuses on its proliferation in Colorado.
# 144987 | 1,395 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2010 in Environmental Studies (Environmental Problems) , Biology (Ecology)

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The paper explains how the mountain pine beetle can be considered a serious pest and discusses methods of curbing its spread. The paper then addresses the significant impact of the outbreak of mountain pine beetles in Colorado. Looking at the environmental, social, and economic issues at stake, the paper shows how the state, federal forest service industries and the private sector need to work together to provide Colorado residents with solutions to this mountain pine beetle problem.

From the Paper:

"Dendroctonus ponderosae, the mountain pine beetle, is a bark beetle species native to western North America. The small beetle dwells in and feeds off the bark of several varieties of pine tree including lodgepole, ponderosa, Scotch, limber, sugar, Bristlecone, pinyon and western white pines. The species is related to the Douglas fir beetle, which has a similar effect on its host trees. A mountain pine beetle colony will kill the host tree and once the tree is targeted, it cannot be saved (Leatherman, Aguayo & Mehall).
"Because of their potential for rapid proliferation the insect is considered a serious pest and in some cases infestation is referred to as "epidemic," (Lipsher). The state of Colorado is currently experiencing an epic outbreak of mountain pine beetle infestation. Lipsher claims that over the past ten years, 7.4 million trees on 1.5 million acres of Colorado's 14.5 million acres of national forest have been destroyed by mountain pine beetles."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amman, Gene D., MacGregor, Mark D. & Dolph, Robert E. "Mountain Pine Beetle." Forest Insect & Disease Leaflet 2. Updated 2002. Retrieved Dec 1, 2008 from
  • Hartman, Todd. "Deaths of trees 'catastrophic'." Rocky Mountain News. January 15, 2008. Retrieved Dec 1, 2008 from
  • Leatherman, D.A. Aguayo, I. and Mehall, T.M. "Mountain Pine Beetle." Colorado State University Extension 2008. Retrieved Dec 1, 2008 from
  • Lipsher, Steve. "Pine-beetle Battle Turns Desperate." Denver Post. Sept 4, 2006. Retrieved Dec 1, 2008 from
  • "Mountain pine beetle." PlantTalk Colorado. April 09, 2008. Retrieved Dec 1, 2008 from

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