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Forest Health

Program Contact: Andrew Perleberg, Extension Forester
509-667-6540 •
In this picture an attacking bark beetle (seen on the tip of the knife) was “pitched out” of this pine by the tree’s natural defense mechanisms.

Did you know many foresters consider the forests of Northeast Washington to be unhealthy. Why?  Periods of low precipitation and densely crowded forests have created tremendous competition among trees for survival, making them more susceptible to key forest pests and uncharacteristic wildfire.

WSU Extension, in cooperation with the WA DNR Forest Health Program, delivers information and programs to landowners and natural resource professionals, helping them make management decisions that will improve the health and resiliency of their forests.

Some key forest pests concerning our area are:

Forest Health Alert!! Douglas Fir Tussock Moth Outbreak (PDF)

For information about the health of your forest, go to the Forest Health section of the Natural Resources Contacts & Links page or contact Steven P McConnell, PhD, WSU Regional Extension Specialist, Forestry, at (509) 477-2175.