Axis of Beetle

Trails to Rails
Kremmling mayor and newly-elected Colorado Bark Beetle Cooperative chair Tom Clark is negotiating with Union Pacific for the use of a rail siding in town and costing out a business model for the transport of logs, chips and pellets from beetle kill pine to potential markets. Several reports indicate that pulp mills in the Northwest are now paying up to $90 a ton for feedstock. Supplying split firewood for the Front Range market is another possibility.

Tom Clark, 970-724-3249; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   WRNF sustainable timber yield
Cary Green noted that the current timber management plan for the White River National Forest allows for annual harvest of 17,000 ccf or 8-9 million board feet. Up to 12,000 acres have been approved for treatment over the next three years. The lack of suitable bids from contractors in time to award some current year projects has meant the return of about $700,000 allocated in this year’s budget for stewardship projects. Under current rules, the Forest Service can’t use funds unless projects are started in the year for which they were allocated. Going forward, an estimate of annual timber growth in accessible location is needed.
Cary Green, 970-827-5160; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Colorado Blue Pine Product Catalog Project
In leading the effort to establish an online portal that identifies companies supplying beetle kill wood products, the task force is seeking partners to help finance market research, acquire the necessary software and support site management. The goal is to raise awareness among architectural, engineering, interior design, commercial/residential development firms about the availability and utility of wood salvaged from area lodgepole and ponderosa pine forests. Currently, 90% of wood at Colorado lumber dealers is sourced from outside the state.
 

The final Forest Health Task Force Roundtable of the year will take place from 7:30 to 9:00 am, Thursday morning, December 9, 2010 at the Frisco Community Center, 110 South Third Avenue (off main Street), Frisco.