What is Beetle Kill Pine?
Beetle kill pine comes from the lodgepole pine tree that has been killed by the pine bark beetle.
We harvest dead lodgepole pine trees for use in building railing, log furniture, and tongue and groove wall or ceiling covering. Beetle kill pine wood is easy to work with, it’s both strong and beautiful. The color variation in the wood makes it decorative for furniture building. You’ll notice a blue-grey color stain in the wood which is caused by the fungus carried by the pine beetle.
The mountain pine beetle has already killed huge numbers of pine trees in Colorado and northern mountain states. Lodgepole pine trees make up about eight percent of Colorado’s forests, at elevations of 6,000-11,000 feet altitude.
Due to warmer mountain temperatures in recent decades, the native pine beetle population has not been killed off in winter, allowing about 70% of the lodgepole pine trees to have been infested by beetles. It’s estimated that beetle kill will leave a deforested area of about the size of Rhode Island. Chemical prevention of beetle kill is effective but much too expensive for large-scale use. If not removed, the dead lodgepole pine trees rot and become unusable, increasing the risk of larger forest fires and may even contribute to climate change as they decay.
Why use beetle kill pine or aspen logs?
Sustainability. We have more than enough dead trees in our Colorado forests that need to be harvested and put to use. I use only local trees, resources and local labor.
If you care about using the least carbon footprint when furnishing your home, log furniture made from Colorado beetle kill pine is a wise choice. I produce no waste – any excess wood is used for heating my home in the winter months.