Beetles: City forms battle plan

Tiny, black mountain pine beetles have ganged up on about 300 Scotch pine trees in Great Falls this year.

"They are essentially doomed," said Kevin Wanner, assistant professor of entomology at Montana State University in Bozeman, during a trip to Great Falls last week.

Those trees may be goners, but there are ways to protect other pine trees that have not been infested, experts told members of the Great Falls City Commission.