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Historical Vignettes by Mal Furniss

By circumstances related to my employment, I have acquired much historical information on North American forest entomology throughout its first century. During 2007-2009, I wrote numerous illustrated anecdotal accounts derived from this material and my personal recollections, which were posted on the WFIWC web site with help from Kathy Sheehan, then Web Master. They are grouped by 10 categories below (Personnel etc.) followed by three longer vignettes on miscellaneous historical topics. A link containing a related Bibliography was also created

I enjoyed digging into the stories and sharing my own experiences that began at mid-century when I was hired by Paul Keen at Berkeley. Use of posted material is encouraged. Please credit their source as follows: “Western Forest Insect Work Conference archives.” For commercial purposes, contact the current WFIWC Chairperson; a modest fee may be requested to benefit the WFIWC Scholarship Fund.

Malcolm Furniss
History Committee Co-Chairman

1825 Orchard Ave Moscow, ID 83843
August 2019


Bill McCambridge -- First Forest Entomologist Stationed in Alaska

H.E. Burke -- The Greatest Need in Western Forest Entomology (1925 - bark beetle attractants & repellants)

Early Use of the Airplane for Surveying Insect Damage