Dieback in North Idaho’s Fir Trees Explained

Rampant dieback is evident in area trees, but why? This year, many of us noticed conifer dieback —especially affecting fir trees—on our properties and in our surrounding forests. The flaring out (or reddening) of so many trees is alarming to those of us familiar with bark beetle infestations elsewhere, including those decimating entire hillsides in …read in detail

Fuels Reduction, Fire Season & You

What is fuels reduction, and how can it save your home this fire season? The major headline in today’s Bonner County Daily Bee, “Area fire crews already battling wildfires,” is a sobering reminder to regional property owners that it’s never too early in the season to focus on fuels reduction (or forest thinning) and fire preparedness. The article …read in detail