Beetle-killed trees find a market in homes

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Beetle-killed trees find a market in homes

Local mills find market for stands of dead ponderosa pines
David Sitton, owner of Aspen Wall Wood, shows processed blue-stain pine that was salvaged from beetle-killed trees.
Blue-stain pine that was delivered to Aspen Wall Wood for processing. So-called blue-stain ponderosa features blue-gray streaking, with occasional highlights of yellow, purple and red. The coloration is caused by a fungus that comes with an invasion of pine beetles.
Blue-stain ponderosa pine is in demand because of the coloration caused by beetles and the fungus that follows their invasion.
Aspen Wall Wood is offering naturally stained pine, caused by a fungus that accompanies a beetle invasion.
Clay Tillia, manager of Westfork Lumber Co., demonstrates how beetle-killed ponderosa pine is used to make cribbing used in mines.
Clay Tillia makes decorative doors and other furniture out of beetle-killed ponderosa pine because of its distinctive blue-gray coloration. The wood also is used to reinforce mine shafts.
From beetle kill to coffee bar: blue-stain ponderosa makes for decorative paneling thanks to a colorful fungus carried by the beetle that stains the wood.
An aerial view of the Glade area in 2016 shows the impacts of a growing beetle kill in the San Juan National Forest.
David Sitton, owner of Aspen Wall Wood, shows processed blue-stain pine.
Blue-stain pine is delivered to Aspen Wall Wood.
Some of Aspen Wall Wood’s machinery.

Beetle-killed trees find a market in homes

David Sitton, owner of Aspen Wall Wood, shows processed blue-stain pine that was salvaged from beetle-killed trees.
Blue-stain pine that was delivered to Aspen Wall Wood for processing. So-called blue-stain ponderosa features blue-gray streaking, with occasional highlights of yellow, purple and red. The coloration is caused by a fungus that comes with an invasion of pine beetles.
Blue-stain ponderosa pine is in demand because of the coloration caused by beetles and the fungus that follows their invasion.
Aspen Wall Wood is offering naturally stained pine, caused by a fungus that accompanies a beetle invasion.
Clay Tillia, manager of Westfork Lumber Co., demonstrates how beetle-killed ponderosa pine is used to make cribbing used in mines.
Clay Tillia makes decorative doors and other furniture out of beetle-killed ponderosa pine because of its distinctive blue-gray coloration. The wood also is used to reinforce mine shafts.
From beetle kill to coffee bar: blue-stain ponderosa makes for decorative paneling thanks to a colorful fungus carried by the beetle that stains the wood.
An aerial view of the Glade area in 2016 shows the impacts of a growing beetle kill in the San Juan National Forest.
David Sitton, owner of Aspen Wall Wood, shows processed blue-stain pine.
Blue-stain pine is delivered to Aspen Wall Wood.
Some of Aspen Wall Wood’s machinery.
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