Beetle-kill wood? The Beetle Kill Trade Association? My heart skipped a beat!

 

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The bottom  of a dead tree trunk full of beetle holes caught my eye and I wondered how to share it on my blog.  An hour later, while innocently reading the Sunday New York Times, I encountered an article with a good hook:”Small Colorado Resort Goes Big With a $700 Lift Ticket”. The price included a pair of skis or a snowboard made of beetle-kill wood. Beetle-kill wood?!?! Bingo!

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According to Google, “The mountain pine beetle has killed large numbers of the lodgepole pine trees in the northern mountains of the US state of Colorado. Chemical prevention is effective but too costly for large-scale use. If not removed the dead trees increase the incidence of wildfires, and may contribute to climate change as they decay. Uses have been found for the dead wood including composting and in construction, and potentially to make biochar.”

 

“Beetle kill wood is also being used in local projects. Multiple housing complexes are beginning to use beetle kill wood to replace sidings of houses, like a condo complex at Copper Mountain which is replacing old siding with blue-stain wood, which is named for the dark color in the wood that is caused by fungus carried by the pine beetle. Snowboards, skis and guitars are also being crafted from beetle kill pine.[1]

The Beetle Kill Trade Association has been established to “to unite and align the self interests of business invested in or interested in the removal and recycling of standing beetle killed lodgepole pines in order to remove obstacles to the creation of a viable, vibrant and sustainable market for products utilizing beetle kill pines as raw material.””

What about southern Maryland beetle-kill wood? The emerald ash borer has devastated most of our lovely ash trees. Photos of dead tree and bark follow.

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The beetle exit holes are supposed to be sort of “D” shaped. Look closely. Some of the beetles made their “D”s backward. Local guitar designers seeking beetle-kill wood are encouraged to contact me.

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Hunting in Winter

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Even my neighbor Tom wasn’t sure if it’s legal to hunt mosquitoes west of Rte. 210 in Charles County in January. When it happened I completely forgot to check with DNR (Department of Natural Resources). The location of the hunt was significant- our bedroom. The length of the hunt was also significant- 4 days. I don’t believe my weapon of choice has ever been listed under DNR regulations- the soft pad of skin below my right thumb. The hunt always took place before sunset, the one DNR regulation I definitely followed. Actually I thought I got her each late afternoon. She completely disappeared after every surely fatal strike. But, unless there were 4 mosquitoes in our bedroom, she showed up again the next late afternoon and the next, etc., demonstrating a complete lack of concern for my hunting prowess. So I was extremely proud when I finally captured my trophy, displayed above, smooshed against the sliding glass door. I smiled proudly each late afternoon when no mosquito showed up. I’d invite you to admire my trophy which would have been there forever but for my husband’s careless use of Windex.