Bark Beetle


Fri May 4, 2012

Heads Up, Hikers: Winds Continue to Topple Trees

courtesy of Sulphur Ranger District Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest

Falling trees have been an issue in Colorado forests since the mountain pine beetle epidemic hit. But now forest officials are concerned because it’s not only beetle-killed trees coming down.

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Tue April 10, 2012

Battling the Bark Beetle in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

In all, the bark beetle has impacted more than three million acres of Colorado forests since the first signs of an outbreak in 1996. Park officials are spraying insecticides on thousands of trees to help mitigate the effects of a bark beetle outbreak.

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Fri December 2, 2011

Study Calls Sustained Funding ‘Essential’ for Fighting Bark Beetle Epidemic

U.S. Forest Service

A new study by the U.S. Forest Service says sustained funding from the government will be “essential” for the agency to continue its fight against the bark beetle epidemic. An estimated 41 million acres of western forests have already been destroyed by the insects--including 4 million in Colorado and Wyoming.

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Wed September 28, 2011

Sen. Udall Calls on Homebuilders to Use More Beetle-killed Wood

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is calling on homebuilders to use beetle-killed trees from Colorado forests to build homes – a move he says will boost forest health as well as the economy.

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Mon September 26, 2011

Mountain Visitors Cautioned About Falling Tree Hazards

Colorado forest officials say visitors headed to the mountains to enjoy autumn’s changing colors need to be aware of dead lodgepole pines that are at risk of toppling. 

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