Borkenkafer on the move

Borkenkafer on the move

Bavaria’s state forests hope for an end to the bark beetle plague that has caused great damage to spruce forests over the past several years.

Because of the cooler and rainier summer compared to previous years, almost a quarter less kaferholz was harvested in september than a year ago, the state forests reported on wednesday. According to this, around 195,000 solid cubic meters of wood eaten by kafern were paid, at the end of september 2019 it had been 268,500 solid cubic meters. One solid meter equals one cubic meter.

Besides, the insects are probably not currently forming a third generation, but have already begun to burrow for the winter resting phase. So there is currently no threat of further spreading. In the coming months, the state forests want to have as many infested trees as possible cut down and transported away. "This gives us a good chance of starting next spring with a much smaller initial population," said a spokesman in regensburg. However, the situation varies greatly from region to region: in the center and south of bavaria, bork kafer losses have fallen far short of forecasts, while in the frankenwald and parts of the bavarian forest, there is still a high level of "bork kafer momentum.

Bark beetles mainly attack spruce trees, and the insects multiply very quickly, especially during prolonged drought and warm weather. If the number of beetles gets out of hand, infested trees die quickly.

The large quantities of oak and storm-damaged timber throughout central europe have also caused timber prices to plummet in recent years. In this respect, too, recovery seems to be on the horizon. "The timber market is picking up steam," said spokesman.

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