Mountain pine beetle populations reached epidemic levels on approximately 4,600 acres in Glacier National Park in 1972. Infested trees increased from 4.9 in 1972 to 10.9/acre in 1975. Majority of trees killed since 1972 were 12 inches d.b.h. and larger in size. Sufficient large diameter lodgepole pine exists to maintain the infestation at epidemic level for several years.
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