BEETLE AND FIRE KILL TIMBER

In Montana over the past few years we have lost over a million acres of lodgepole pine trees due to the mountain pine beetle. In 2007, the mountain pine beetle was blamed for killing 3.9 million acres of trees in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Washington. The current pine beetle infestation is the worst since 1981, when 4.7 million acres of trees were infected. The outbreak is a perfect storm of drought, large stands of old trees and, possibly, warmer temperatures because of climate change.  Every large, mature lodgepole pine forest in Colorado and southern Wyoming will be dead within three to five years. With no solution in site and the epidemic spreading exponentially, we feel compelled to find alternative uses for this sustainable product.

Dead standing trees are a certain threat for future wildfires, but now these trees are being harvested and reclaimed. Reclaimed from mother nature and once thought to be useless, these tress have been given a new life in Montana Ghost Wood.

Due to low humidity in the Rocky Mountains, trees killed by wildfire and beetle epidemics remain intact and naturally dry over a period of years. Due to their character and reclaimed and recycled appeal, these trees are now desired and even preferred by the environmentally sensitve consumer.

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