Colorado State Forest Service

Dr. Dan West / Colorado State Forest Service

Bark beetle devastation has been an ongoing issue in Colorado's forests for years and remains a concern into 2018. The latest Colorado State Forest Service report says more than 200,000 acres of active infestations were observed in high-elevation spruce-fir forests in Colorado.

Colorado State Forest Service

As spring weather gets warmer and plants start to bloom, it’s also the time for insects living within Colorado trees to awaken and emerge. One of these in particular, the invasive, tree-killing emerald ash borer is especially concerning to foresters since the insect’s target – the ash tree – is widespread along the Front Range.

Because the pest can go virtually undetected for the first few years of an infestation, forest authorities want the public’s help in containing the spread.

Nathan Heffel / KUNC

Flexing its firefighting air power, the Colorado National Guard and wildland firefighters are conducting aerial fire suppression training exercises at reservoirs across the Front Range. When preparing for the upcoming wildfire season nothing is being left to chance.

Earth Observatory / NASA

Residents living in Colorado’s wildland urban interface, or WUI will need to do more fire planning and mitigation in the years ahead.

New Website Shows Wildfire Risk

Apr 28, 2013
Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment

A new website by the Colorado Forest Service allows residents of Summit County to determine the wildfire risk in their area.

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Reforestation efforts inside the High Park Fire burn zone are gearing up for the spring season.

Nathan Heffel / KUNC

The Colorado State Forest Service released its 2012 report on the health of the state’s forests Wednesday. The annual report highlights major insect and disease concerns across the state.

Robert Simmon / NASA Earth Observatory

An annual aerial survey of forest health in Colorado shows the mountain pine beetle epidemic is slowing dramatically, at the same time the spruce beetle outbreak is expanding.

Kirk Siegler

An independent review commissioned by the Governor and Colorado State University of the conditions leading up to the deadly Lower North Fork wildfire was released to the public Monday.

A spokesman for the Colorado Forest Service says that what began as a controlled burn just southwest of Denver got out of control this week and turned into the deadly Lower North Fork Wildfire. Colorado deputy state forester Joe Duda apologized, saying the situation is "heartbreaking." He said an ember escaped from the containment line surrounding the planned burn and ignited the blaze, notes The Associated Press.

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