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RMRS-RP-26: Mountain pine beetle attack in ponderosa pine: Comparing methods for rating susceptibility


Chojnacky, David C.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Logan, Jesse A. 2000. Mountain pine beetle attack in ponderosa pine: Comparing methods for rating susceptibility. Res. Pap. RMRS-RP-26. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 10 p.

Two empirical methods for rating susceptibility of mountain pine beetle attack in ponderosa pine were evaluated. The methods were compared to stand data modeled to objectively rate each sampled stand for susceptibly to bark-beetle attack. Data on bark-beetle attacks, from a survey of 45 sites throughout the Colorado Plateau, were modeled using logistic regression to estimate the probability of attack on individual trees from tree and stand variables. The logistic model allowed flexibility to easily scale results up to a stand level for comparison to the empirical methods. The empirical method, developed by Munson and Anhold, most closely correlated to the logistic regression results. However, the Munson/Anhold method rated all 45 study sites as either moderately or highly susceptible to bark-beetle attack, which raises concern about its lack of sensitivity. Future work on evaluating risk of bark-beetle impact should consider more than stand characteristics.

Keywords: Dendroctonus ponderosae, Pinus ponderosa, mortality, hazard rating, risk rating, logistic regression, Colorado Plateau


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Title: RMRS-RP-26: Mountain pine beetle attack in ponderosa pine: Comparing methods for rating susceptibility
Publish Date: November 6, 2000
Last Update:
January 14, 2010

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