Management of the western balsam bark beetle

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The beetle is monitored using annual aerial overview surveys.


Due to its complex biology, the western balsam bark beetle's damage is widespread with low severity. The western balsam bark beetle is managed primarily by harvesting dead and dying trees.


Because of the low severity and scattered nature of western balsam bark beetle infestations, infested trees are targeted as they are encountered during harvest planning.

Hazard and risk rating

Western balsam bark beetle is found throughout the range of subalpine fir, its main host. Stands with high proportions of subalpine fir are most susceptible. Risk ratings have not been developed for this bark beetle.