Lumber producers in regions infested with the dreaded mountain pine beetle are facing trouble. The beetle lays its eggs under the bark of pine trees, at the same time introducing blue stain fungus that prevents the tree from fighting back against the beetle. In combination, the feeding beetle larvae and the fungus soon kill the tree. For lumber producers, it’s a double whammy: their trees are dying, and the lumber they can saw from salvaged timber is stained blue.

But some buyers like the blue stain, reports the Rapid City Journal (“Markets sought for pine beetle infested wood,” by Mary Garrigan). Tom Shaffer, an executive with lumber producer Neiman Enterprises, told the paper he wishes he could find more customers like Steve and Kathy Mullins. The pair are building a custom lodge in the Black Hills...

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