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Effective monitoring as a basis for adaptive management: a case history of mountain pine beetle in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem whitebark pine

JA Logan (1)   , WW Macfarlane (2), L Willcox (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 19-22 (2009)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0477-002
Published: Jan 21, 2009 - Copyright © 2009 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: Cost Action E29 Meeting 2008 - Istanbul (Turkey)
Future Monitoring and Research Needs for Forest Ecosystems
Guest Editors: Marcus Schaub (WSL, Birmensdorf, CH)

With reference to massive outbreaks of a variety of bark beetles occurring across the forests of western North America, it is stressed that an accurate assessment of the extent of the problem is the first step toward formulating effective adaptive management strategies. This assessment will only be possible through a coordinated effort that combines all available technologies, that is an approach that builds on satellite image analysis, aerial survey from fixed-wing aircraft, and on the ground observation and measurement.


Mountain pine beetle, Whitebark pine, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Global warming, Disturbance ecology

Authors’ address

JA Logan
P.O. Box 482, Emigrant, MT 59027 (USA)
WW Macfarlane
GeoGraphics Inc., 90 W Center St., Logan, UT 84321 (USA)
L Willcox
Natural Resources Defense Council, Box 70, Livingston, MT 59047 (USA)

Corresponding author



Logan JA, Macfarlane WW, Willcox L (2009). Effective monitoring as a basis for adaptive management: a case history of mountain pine beetle in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem whitebark pine. iForest 2: 19-22. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0477-002

Academic Editor

Marcus Schaub

Paper history

Received: Mar 13, 2008
Accepted: Dec 09, 2008

First online: Jan 21, 2009
Publication Date: Jan 21, 2009
Publication Time: 1.43 months

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