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.
University of Colorado researchers say the 2001-02 drought and others greatly accelerated the spread of a beetle epidemic that has killed thousands of square miles of trees in the West.
Sen. Mark Udall made a special trip to the White River National Forest this week as part of the effort to select the tree that will display at the Capitol in Washington DC this holiday season.
Coloradans know the pine beetle has been causing catastrophic problems in the national forests, and now there could be a new one.
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.
The U.S. Forest Service says budget cuts are forcing the federal government to limit its response to a bark beetle outbreak that has destroyed millions of acres of forests in the West, and scientists are trying to figure out what the forests will look like after the epidemic has run its course.
A Utah company is considering building an electric power plant using Colorado’s dead pine trees for fuel.
Forestry officials say losses from the bark beetle epidemic that has devastated areas of the Colorado mountains have been smaller on the Front Range.
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall says a proposal in Congress calling for the devaluation of pine-beetle-killed trees could allow area mills to compete for the timber.
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is touring a Delta timber mill after he persuaded the U.S. Forest Service to renegotiate timber sale contracts in an effort to save sawmills in the Rocky Mountain region.
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