|Detail of a slice of blue pine at Metalwood Salvage.|
Named for the color of the fungus spread by the Mountain Pine Beetle, a native beetle to this side of the country, blue pine is the result of the beetles newfound energy with the changing climate. Cold winters kept the population in check, but the changing climate and warmer summers give it plenty of time to work. Particularly long warm snaps can result in large stands of dead wood or snags as they are called out here. Getting rid of the snags reduces risk of fire, and turning the wood into something beautiful puts the wood to good use.