The spread mountain pine and other beetles is causing significant damage to U.S. forests, especially across the American West. Various beetles, including mountain pine, western bark, southern pine, and spruce, kill millions of trees across North America every year.
In early 2012, FPL was instrumental in developing a framework for handling beetle-killed trees. More recently, FPL researchers have been working on specific solutions for how to use common western tree species such as lodgepole pine in biofuels development and thus making the most of beetle-killed trees.
This clip from USDA explains how new on-the-ground projects are targeting large swaths of beetle-killed trees for removal and conversion into biomass for renewable energy.