These pests originated in Europe before making their way to the U.S. in the early 1900s. Spreading across America, they finally reached the forests of the west around 1929. Feeding off of only true fir trees, the Balsam Woolly Adelgids have caused significant damage to forests across the country, including those surrounding Powder Mountain.
Heavily infested trees can die in as little as two to three years. Because of these damaging insects, fir trees are systematically being eliminated from some ecosystems.
And they continue to spread.
The exquisite beauty of the region cannot succumb to these forest-ravaging insects. So, Powder Mountain partnered with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL), USDA, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, and Ogden Field Office (FHP-OFO) on a cooperative study to learn about and manage this invasive insect and its management.
Funding for the study and ensuing forest reparations was granted to FFSL from the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Health Protection Program.