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By Andrew Christiansen

County forests prime targets for bark beetle


DNR map

BEETLEs seeking bark: The brown areas on this map are prime Ponderosa pines that are easy targets for bark beetles, especially in the county after last year’s Monastery Complex fire. Goldendale is in the lower middle of the map.

The forests of Klickitat County have caught the eye of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), not so much for their beauty but because of their deteriorating conditions. That’s the message State Forester Aaron Everett delivered to an audience at the Klickitat PUD meeting room in Goldendale, Monday evening.

Everett presented findings of the Forest Health Technical Advisory Committee, which reports to Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark. Under Goldmark’s direction, the committee is holding public meetings to present their findings and elicit public feedback. The committee identified insect problems in forests of Okanogan, Ferry, Yakima and Klickitat counties sufficient for...

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