Total deforestation to curtail pests

Forests affected by the bark beetle
Total deforestation to curtail pests
The forests affected by bark beetles are clearcut with heavy machinery. As a rule, nothing is left behind except twigs and branches. Such emergency loggings are often the last measure taken in the event of a massive pest infestation and particularly affect spruce trees. Through deforestation, the bark beetles are deprived of food, thus preventing their ability to spread. The picture shows an affected area in Steinach, district Sonneberg, Thuringia.