A new normal - bark beetle in Germany

Due to the very dry summers in the last years, the trees of European forests are heavily stressed by draught and in consequence, conifers are unable to fight the bark beetle.
The insect has become a plague in the monoculture spruce forests which are dominant in many regions. Foresters try to find new strategies to equip the forest for a future unknown.

For Wald und Holz NRW, Germany 2020.
Design: bureau bordeaux

trees damaged by the bark beetle
trees damaged by the bark beetle from below

From one day to the next, the whole forest smells like freshly cut wood, and a few days later the ground is covered with needles, just like a Christmas tree at new year’s.

From the first signs to the death of a forest it takes only six to eight weeks.