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TREE INFESTATION REPORTED 5-5-10 LMS

The beetle infestation which has been destroying surrounding forests for several years is now making itself known to trees around town and on city properties.

During a public comment period at the May 5th meeting of the Salmon City Council, Jim Bockelman informed council members of a beetle infested pine tree near the second hole of the Salmon Valley Golf Course as well as possible cases at the Sacajawea Center and the Cemetery. He said he has lost several infested trees on his property in spite of the recommended treatments he applied to save them. Bockelman said, “It would be a shame to have our pine trees in our city parks, our golf course, our Sac Center, our cemetery be devastated by this Bark Beetle or the Pine Beetle, whatever it’s called.”

Bockelman has conferred with parks department personnel and said he also wanted to bring it to the council‘s attention because he feels an aggressive stand must be taken to protect city trees.

Mayor John Miller mentioned several properties around town where trees have been lost as well as some trees in North Fork.

Susan Schaffner followed Bockelman’s remarks with what she and her husband Henry learned from a recent Tree Program they attended. Henry is a spray professional and owner of “Bugs-B-Where?” She said the latest word is that nothing works against the Bark Beetle once the tree has become infested. To prevent the insects from spreading to healthy trees the infested ones must be cut down. Once downed and before being moved or used for firewood, the trees should be wrapped in clear plastic and allowed to bake in the sun until temperatures are high enough to kill the beetles.

Bockelman said that so far the healthy trees he has sprayed as a preventative measure on his property have remained uninfested.


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