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Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest to Spray for Bark Beetles

spraying for mountain pine beetle
Spraying for mountain pine beetles. (BNF/ USFS File Photo)
During July, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest will be spraying recreation areas for the mountain pine beetle.

Leona Rodreick wrote in a news release that many of the popular recreation sites in the forest will look different than in past years as the beetle devastates the forests in the area.

The crews will be spraying Carbaryl pesticides on many trees, as in the photo from spraying last year at Rombo Campground in the Bitterroot. Other trees will have small 2 inch packets with Verbenone and MCH. The “packeted” trees are ones close to water sources.

Bruce Schuelke, Reforestation Forester for the Beaverhead-DeerLodge forest said, “To be effective, we must spray the green trees before the beetles fly again in mid-summer when they bore into new-found trees and lay their eggs.”

Sites to be sprayed are in the Dillon, Wise River, Wisdom, Madison District and Pintler Ranger Districts.

Signs will be posted at locations where work is occurring and will note the day when the recreation area can be used. Picnic tables, fire pits and restroom doors are covered with plastic during spraying.

Any Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest office will have more details as the spraying gets underway.

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