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Tiny Beetle, Big Problem

THE TINY CALIFORNIA Fivespined Ips beetle, pictured above near the end of Chet Behling’s fingertip on a ravaged tree, is causing damage to timber around the gorge. Below, Behling, Oregon Department of Forestry stewardship forester for the Central Oregon District Office in The Dalles, stands next to an infested tree with brown needles.

Photo by Mark Gibson
THE TINY CALIFORNIA Fivespined Ips beetle, pictured above near the end of Chet Behling’s fingertip on a ravaged tree, is causing damage to timber around the gorge. Below, Behling, Oregon Department of Forestry stewardship forester for the Central Oregon District Office in The Dalles, stands next to an infested tree with brown needles.



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Chet Behling, Oregon Department of Forestry stewardship forester for the Central Oregon District Office in The Dalles, stands next to an infested tree with brown needles. Mark B. Gibson photo

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CHET BEHLING examines a hole bored by the California Fivespined Ips in an infested pine tree June 29 in The Dalles.

— Rural landowners in The Dalles and Hood River need to be on the watch for a beetle that not only infests pine trees but carries a fungus that will also plunder nutrients...

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