2012-02-28

Insects destroying large stands of trees in Washington forests

Pests are killing vast numbers of trees in Washington and forest managers are working on a plan to fight back.

State Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark said two ravenous insects are doing a lot of the damage, the Spruce Budworm and the Mountain Pine Bark Beetle.

"We've watched this happen in British Columbia," said Goldmark. "It decimated the forests up there, we have to be more proactive down here."