How beetles are shaping the biomass industry
If a tree falls in a forest and nobody's there to hear it, does it make a sound? Moreover, what happens to it? This is becoming a legitimate issue for landscapes in British Columbia and the northwest region of the U.S., as an old friends' nesting habits evolve causing trees to fall prematurely. Nestled in the underbrush of the forest is an unlikely enemy to acres of pine trees across the heartland and west coast U.S. Smaller than a penny, mountain pine beetles are burrowing into pine wood in areas they normally don't venture into. In only 15 years, more than 44 million acres of pine have deteriorated due to the increase of pine beetle populations in increasingly temperate woods.
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