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Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Will Spray for Bark Beetle

spraying for bark beetle
The concentrated spray needs to travel a great distance – up! (Photo from Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest)
A massive spraying campaign is starting up at the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, trying to get ahead of the destructive Mountain Pine Beetle.

Leona Rodreick of BDNF reports that insecticides will be applied over the next few weeks. She warned families that some trees in popular recreation sites have already been killed by the beetles and that many sites look different, because the dead trees have been removed.

Bruce Schuelke, Reforestation Forester, said that the green trees must be sprayed with Carbaryl pesticides “before the beetles fly again in mid-summer when they’ll bore into and lay their eggs in new-found trees.”

Personnel have also stapled small 2 inch by 2 inch packets of Verbenone and/or MCH to trees. The scents ward off the beetles. Schuelke said that project should continue through mid-July.

Ranger districts in the campaign are:
Dillon, Wise River, Wisdom, Butte, Madison, Pintler and Jefferson.

Areas sprayed will be closed during the spraying. Signs will be posted as to the length of the closure at each site. There does not need to be closures where the packets are stapled.

Spraying will be no closer than 75 feet from water, and picnic tables, fire pits and restroom doors will be covered with plastic during spraying.

If you need more information or have questions, call (406) 859-3211 OR (406) 494-0241.

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