I have never seen a tree that doesn't have borers burrowing in the wood. I'd lay odds that the trees you cut back then did have borer tunnels in them. You just didn't notice. Most young people don't notice detail like that, especially when their mission is to just cut the wood.All through the fifty,s sixty,s , seventies & eighties we cut oak for firewod. that oak was split and I never seen a single boer tunnell let alone a boer. After the Theres life in those dead trees program the boers appeared. Now they are present in almost every tree. you can look at a live tree and see the sap leaking from the boer holes. leaving dead trees and putting out all the wildfires on goverment owned land did indeed allow the boer to flourish. Now they pay to have dead trees emoved and do prescribed burning to remove forest litter. Im afraid its too little to late the hardwood is doomed.
"you can look at a live tree and see the sap leaking from the boer holes."
If you look even closer, you can see the sap attracting sap-suckers and numerous other birds that eat it. You can also see hummingbirds feasting on the tiny insects attracted to it. That is the circle of life. Isn't it great?
"leaving dead trees and putting out all the wildfires on goverment owned land did indeed allow the boer to flourish."
Fires (those started by nature, of course) are also part of the circle of life in a forest. It's just as necessary as those dead trees. Eliminate the dead trees and you eliminate a whole lot of insect eating birds.
"Im afraid its too little to late the hardwood is doomed."
No, it isn't. Just because our republic is doomed, doesn't mean Mother Nature is. Nature heals herself. If any insect gets too abundant, it will get weeded out somehow- eventually. The forest floor is covered with oak seedlings and acorns. Another generation of trees will soon replace those that are dead now.