Pine beetle populations declining

Populations of a tiny beetle that has devastated many forests in the West may finally be on the decline.

The mountain pine beetle infestation is showing signs of finally abating after about 10 years of attacks throughout the west that have killed millions of trees from British Columbia to Colorado.

“Like previous outbreaks, the current MPB outbreak is naturally declining in many areas,” said Carl Jorgensen, entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Health Protection office in Boise.