Hear the sound of chewing out in our vast forests of lodgepole pine, spruce and fir, the chewing that’s already destroyed half the commercial timber in important regions like British Columbia? That’s the sound of climate change, says biologist Reese Halter. Global warming in the form of a bark beetle.
Halter’s short but disturbing new book, “The Insatiable Bark Beetle,” addresses one of the biggest and most visible issues facing global forests, and particularly the relatively large forests left in the U.S. and Canada. As winters grow warmer and summers drier, the West’s evergreen forests are being eaten alive. And the infestation is not showing any signs of slowing.
Winter temperatures are plummeting in the US at a rate of more than forty degrees per century.
Exactly the same story as 90 years ago. The hysterical author has no idea what he is talking about.
Morning Bulletin Friday 27 June 1924
THE GIANT KILLER. AMERICAN PINE BEETLE.
Science and brawn are to-day working together in systematic haste in the heart of the yellow-pine forests of Southern Oregon and Northern California to save ten billion feet of merchantable timber from the relentless ravages of the Western pine beetle, writes the New York “Outlook.” During the last ten years this tiny beetle (Dendroctonus brevicomis) has destroyed a total of 1,500,000,000 feet of timber in unquestionably the finest stand of yellow pine on the Pacific coast of the United States.