Time-Since-Death and its effect on wood from beetle-killed Engelmann spruce in southwest Colorado
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Spruce beetles (Dendroctonus rufipennis) have caused extensive mortality on 1.5 million acres in Colorado during the current epidemic. There is considerable interest in harvesting treatments aimed at removing dead trees for reasons of fire risk, watershed health, and human dimensions. The byproducts from these treatments can either be viewed as a difficult and costly disposal problem or an opportunity for the recovery of forest products. However, a major barrier to the latter option is the lack of knowledge about how the material changes with time standing dead. Ten plots were selected on the ...