BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - 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. CU said Monday the study compared patterns of outbreaks in lodge pole and ponderosa pines. CU... more »
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) - Rocky Mountain National Park is planning several steps to mitigate the effects of a bark beetle outbreak on its trees. Over the next two months, the park plans to protect up to 6,700 high-value trees in developed areas from being infected by beetles... more »
According to the U.S. Forest Service, bark beetles have destroyed more than 3 million acres of trees in Colorado raising fire and safety hazards. However sawmill companies are finding new life for those dead trees.
From a distance you can't see a difference but up close, the distinction is... more »
Boy Scouts in Pueblo got together Saturday to pit machine against machine in a Pinewood Derby.
Troop 407 built small cars out of blocks of wood, attached wheels and raced them side by side down a wooden track.
Troop 407 is from the Bessemer neighborhood of Pueblo.
We're used to seeing golden aspen leaves in autumn, but yellow or brown needles on pine trees in unnerving. Thoughts of pine beetle deforestation come to mind.
But the Colorado State Forest Service Cañon City District office is telling us not to worry, that most of the evergreen trees... more »
Gov. Bill Ritter says the U.S. Forest Service is undertaking projects in the Routt, White River, and Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests to mitigate dangers from trees killed by pine beetles, but help from the private sector is still needed.
Ritter and Colorado's senators spoke with Agriculture Secretary Tom... more »
As if the beetles that have killed millions of pine trees in the region weren't enough, there's a new bug looking to eat what the others haven't.
Colorado forest officials say the latest troublesome bug is the twig beetle, which is attacking smaller trees the pine beetle has overlooked.... more »
Gov. Bill Ritter has signed a bill expanding the state's energy portfolio to include biomass.
The law signed Wednesday encourages the use of woody biomass, which comes from the byproduct of timber killed by the bark beetle.
Rep. Christine Scanlan, a Democrat from Silverthorne, says the new law... more »
When camping, the Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds outdoor enthusiasts to leave their firewood at home.
"Moving firewood across the state can contribute to tree mortality," said John Kaltenbach, CDA's cooperative agricultural pest survey coordinator. "Insects and diseases can be transported with the wood and can hurt or even... more »
Gov. Bill Ritter says wetter-than-usual conditions have reduced the fire danger this year, but he says the state is ready if there is a major wildfire on the Western Slope.
Officials have warned that the continuing bark beetle infestation has left Colorado's high country at risk of a major... more »