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Colorado State Forest Service’s entomologist explains what bugs are threatening Summit County’s forests

April 17, 2019 (SDN, Deepan Dutta)

The snow’s melting, the trees are shaking off a wet and wild winter and the pollen is starting to drift into the air. Spring is here, and returning with it to our forests are creatures great and small.

Among them are the tiny little bugs that have collectively ravaged Colorado forests, and they took center stage as one of the bigger threats to Colorado forests during the monthly Forest Health Task Force meeting on Wednesday in Frisco.

Dan West, Ph.D., was the featured speaker this month. West is the lead entomologist for the Colorado State Forest Service, and he knows his bugs. West’s presentation offere


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Climate change is a real thing. Anyone living in Summit County for the past 20 years can see what it's done to the forests around here, both through drought and pine beetles exploiting unhealthy trees. Beyond Summit, the evidence is even more abundant and there is strong evidence that the blame lies with humans.

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Summit County’s forests are overly dense — that could mean megafires in our future

Thanos, the antagonist in this year's major blockbuster, "Avengers: Infinity War," sets out to restore "balance" to the universe by attempting to wipe out half of all life. While federal and state forest services should never be confused with a genocidal maniac from a comic book, nor intend to wipe out half of all the trees, they still work toward bringing a certain balance to Colorado's forests, a balance lost since the United States started treating any forest fire — even small ones — as a threat.


Mountain Pine Beetle in Colorado: A Story of Changing Forests

The recent MPB outbreak in Colorado has affected numerous ecosystem services provided by forests. We are only beginning to understand how this large-scale MPB epidemic has changed and continues to influence biological, physical, and societal facets of our forests. Recent and continuing research is moving toward a better understanding of how ecosystem services are being affected and continue telling the story of MPB in Colorado.

The Colorado Mountains are among the most beautiful parts of the country where millions visit and recreate. But over the past two decades, expanses of once green mountains became reddish-orange and gray as dead trees shed their needles. From the late...READ COMPLETE ARTICLE

May 16, 2018 Meeting Overview

At our recent meeting, we shared the following Ted Talk by Paul Hessburg. In it, he discusses the current wildfire dilemma we're in.