An annual aerial survey of forest health in Colorado shows the mountain pine beetle epidemic is slowing dramatically, but the spruce beetle outbreak is expanding.
Coloradans know the pine beetle has been causing catastrophic problems in the national forests, and now there could be a new one.
Forestry officials say losses from the bark beetle epidemic that has devastated areas of the Colorado mountains have been smaller on the Front Range.
The U.S. Forest Service is offering to renegotiate timber sale contracts in an effort to save sawmills in the Rocky Mountain region that have been hit hard by bark beetle infestations.
Larimer County says it may start billing property owners who aren’t keeping up their end of the fight against the mountain pine beetle.
The cost of fighting bark beetles is rising. Additional funds have been received the last three years to deal specifically with beetle mitigation.
U.S. Forest Service officials say the bark beetle epidemic has now infested 4 million acres in Colorado and southern Wyoming, after spreading to 400,000 new acres last year.
Summit County’s Forest Health Task Force has long had the idea to bring blue-stained lodgepole pine products together into a catalog and brand it as a marketable building supply.