Mountain pine beetles have left vast tracts of dead, dry trees in the West, raising fears that they’re more vulnerable to wildfire outbreaks, but a new study found no evidence that bug-infested forests are more likely to burn than healthy ones.
Rising timber prices are improving the market for trees killed by spruce beetles in the Rio Grande National Forest.
In the Roosevelt National Forest northwest of Fort Collins, subalpine fir trees and aspens have started to grow in the shadows of dead lodgepole pine trees. It is becoming a new forest, with new hazards.
A one-of-a kind project in the high country will turn trees killed by the pine beetle into energy.
A company that has developed a process for converting beetle-killed trees and corn cobs into gasoline says it plans to open its global headquarters in Greenwood Village, south of Denver.
Many in the timber industry are saying enough isn’t being done to clean up beetle kill trees. Some Coloradans are turning the dead tree problem into profit, but they say they need more help.
One of the trio of wildfires burning in southwestern Colorado is expected to be active in the coming days.
A freak accident involving a beetle kill tree has killed a man camping in Grand County.
Colorado Republicans want to eliminate local restrictions they say stifle the sale of beetle-killed timber. But groups representing local governments say there are no such restrictions.