Man vs. Barkbeetle, enemy of California Forests. 1919-1934.
These photographs & captions are from a hand-colored photo album called “Barkbeetle Enemies of California Forests”.
The album was produced by the USDA Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine in cooperation with the State Emergency Relief Administration – Project 3F-2-302 – and the Emergency Educational Program in Berkeley, California. February, 1935.
The photographs were taken by various USDA Bureau employees between 1919-1934 and hand coloured exquisitely.
“The drought-related stress to trees on million of acres of ponderosa pine forests in the inland West caused dramatic levels of tree mortality that could not be ignored by politicians. Miller, Keen, and Patterson also played a clever propaganda game to procure appropriations to increase the research efforts on the western pine beetle. During the depression, government agencies provided some level of support for artists, cartographers, and draftsmen as a “make work” program. These artisans were eagerly employed by Miller at bargain prices to produce hand-colored photo albums showing the extent of the tree mortality caused by bark beetles, what was being done, and what was needed in the form of research programs to curb this wasteful tree loss. Miller got the message across by supplying these albums to trade associations, chambers of commerce, politicians, and universities.”
From: Wickman, Boyd E. 2005. Harry E. Burke and John M. Miller, pioneers in Western forest entomology. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-638. Portland, OR: USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. p. 126.