Adopt a tree, banish a bug

The bright white flagging tape tied around the towering ponderosa pines on public lands here are a push for victory, not a sign of surrender.

For the past few years, residents and recreationalists have watched in dismay as the majestic pine trees on Bureau of Reclamation lands died and turned red from the mountain pine beetle infestation.

Like many of their West Shore and East Shore neighbors, Brenda and Ken Price and Don Johnson had treated their private properties with insecticides and chemicals to repel the rice-sized beetle, but felt frustrated that they couldn’t do anything to help the trees on nearby public lands.