How much beetle-kill is there, and where?
A detailed understanding of the location of beetle-killed stands, their total biomass, and the time since infestation is a prerequisite for more widespread beetle-kill management and effective utilization of the resulting biomass. While more than 40 million acres have been affected by the mountain pine beetle, the severity of tree mortality varies widely across those areas, with important implications for the logistics of stand harvest and bioenergy facility operation. The time elapsed since infestation affects how many are still standing and easily recoverable, and potentially the quality of the resulting timber and biomass. Capabilities to predict or rapidly detect future infestations are invaluable when establishing long-lived conversion facilities and infrastructure.