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Beetles take big bite out of forests ( 43 percent infested )
Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 29, 2006 | Jim Erickson

Posted on 11/29/2006 10:24:12 AM PST by george76

The number of Colorado lodgepole pines killed by bark beetles jumped nearly fivefold in 2006 as the explosive, decadelong bug epidemic continues to gain steam.

About 4.8 million lodgepoles were killed this year, up from roughly 1 million trees last year, according to Bob Cain, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Golden.

The lodgepole acreage under attack by mountain pine beetles jumped about 50 percent this year to 644,840 acres, up from 430,526 acres last year.

The new numbers, which are considered preliminary, come from aerial tree-damage surveys conducted this summer.

"We had a significant increase in both acres and even more so in intensity - meaning that on the acres impacted, a lot more trees died," Cain said.

"They're not slowing down at all," he said. "There's nothing really stopping these beetles."

Colorado's lodgepole pines are found mainly in the state's north- central mountains, at elevations between 6,000 and 11,000 feet.

Many of the stands are more than a century old, with trees up to 80 feet tall.

The state's ponderosa pines are also under attack by mountain pine beetles, but "the big outbreaks are all in the lodgepole," Cain said.

Colorado has about 1.5 million acres of lodgepole-dominated forest, and about 43 percent of it is now infested.

(Excerpt) Read more at rockymountainnews.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: Colorado; US: Montana; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: beetles; bug; bugepidemic; environment; epidemic; fires; forestry; forests; usfs; wildlandfires
Choices : Logging or fire.

Your choice ?

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1 posted on 11/29/2006 10:24:16 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

I'm told that spraying with DDT works against this beetle.


2 posted on 11/29/2006 10:26:01 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: SierraWasp


• Number of Colorado lodgepole pine trees killed by mountain pine beetles

4.8 million in 2006

1 million in 2005


3 posted on 11/29/2006 10:26:11 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Do they taste good?


4 posted on 11/29/2006 10:27:10 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: jan in Colorado; Carry_Okie

• Colorado lodgepole pine acres under attack by mountain pine beetles

644,840 in 2006

430,526 in 2005


5 posted on 11/29/2006 10:27:21 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Must be Norwegian Wood...


6 posted on 11/29/2006 10:28:03 AM PST by Junior (Losing faith in humanity one person at a time.)
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To: george76
Let me be the first:

Bush's Fault

7 posted on 11/29/2006 10:28:15 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Now we are all Massoud)
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To: george76

Bark Beetles mean one thing--the forest is too dense. Too many trees per acre leads to not enough water per tree. The dryer and more densely packed trees are then more susceptible to the beetle.

Thinning (logging) is the most logical and simple solution.


8 posted on 11/29/2006 10:28:20 AM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: george76

My father in law worked in the SC parks department for years and the treatment for beetle infestations was to cut and burn the infected trees and a cordon around the infected area. That stopped the spread. Unfortunately that's not the PC answer so we'll continue to see deforestation.


9 posted on 11/29/2006 10:28:28 AM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: taxcontrol

Yep, ddt also works on West Nile Virus carrying mosquitos.


11 posted on 11/29/2006 10:28:49 AM PST by Tarpon
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To: taxcontrol

Apparently if one tents an individual tree, chemicals can be helpful.

But it is very expensive and labor intensive.

and there are millions of infected trees.


12 posted on 11/29/2006 10:29:27 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Baynative

13 posted on 11/29/2006 10:31:24 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

We're all going to die.


14 posted on 11/29/2006 10:34:11 AM PST by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: george76
We obviously need more woodpeckers:


15 posted on 11/29/2006 10:35:47 AM PST by capt. norm (Liberalism = cowardice disguised as tolerance.)
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To: george76

Doesn't nature know best? Let nature take its course. Isn't that always the best thing to do? Those poor bugs deserve to live on this planet also. /s


16 posted on 11/29/2006 10:36:10 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends we need a 800 ship Navy.)
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To: george76

No no no.

Acid rain and global warming kills the innocent old growth trees.


17 posted on 11/29/2006 10:38:45 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: george76

you mean we can't eat natural foods?

18 posted on 11/29/2006 10:38:53 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: camle

Does that mean they are getting together again?


19 posted on 11/29/2006 11:00:47 AM PST by deathrace2000 (AP Photo shows Iranís new President as 1979 US hostage-taker)
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To: deathrace2000

gots two more to die off first...


20 posted on 11/29/2006 11:16:16 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: All
I have worked on a few forestry issues in the Front Range. Selective cutting does help, but most Colorado trees are not really good for anything but firewood. The forests here are very unhealthy from years of fire suppression. Now we cannot let it burn because so many people have 2nd and 3rd homes up in the woods. It will burn eventually and it will be real bad. The law of unintended consequences at work yet again...
21 posted on 11/29/2006 11:27:35 AM PST by fatez
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To: george76
Thanks for the ping!

Enjoying all the snow today?

22 posted on 11/29/2006 11:40:06 AM PST by jan in Colorado ("Show me just what Mohamed brought that was new & you 'll find only evil and inhuman")
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To: jan in Colorado

The ski areas and the reservoirs/farmers are happy with the snow.

So I am happy for them.

But it is too cold in November for me.


23 posted on 11/29/2006 11:44:19 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Mad Dawg

"Let me be the first:"
Bush's Fault


Not Global Warming?


24 posted on 11/29/2006 11:50:14 AM PST by wmileo
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To: george76
But it is too cold in November for me.

Good point...but being a Florida native...I can't get enough of the snow; even though I've been here for 15 years!

25 posted on 11/29/2006 11:57:50 AM PST by jan in Colorado ("Show me just what Mohamed brought that was new & you 'll find only evil and inhuman")
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To: windcliff

Global swarming?


26 posted on 11/29/2006 3:50:18 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: dead

Do they taste good?

Taste reminds me of wild hickory nuts.(even though the commercial said this about Grape Nuts, it opened with the question,"Ever eat a pine tree?")


27 posted on 11/29/2006 4:13:37 PM PST by freedomfiter2
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To: rottndog

That's right, but try explaining that to a greenie.


28 posted on 11/29/2006 6:35:41 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: wmileo
Well, see if Dubya would just sign Kyoto and hand our economic future over to people who hate us, we wouldn't have to worry about global warming 'cause (a) there wouldn't be any and (b) we'd be worried about more pressing things, like staying alive.

You gotta think these things through ...

Besides, everything is Bush's fault. His mere existence turns good into evil.

Time for my medication now. Thanks for visiting.

29 posted on 11/29/2006 8:00:23 PM PST by Mad Dawg (Now we are all Massoud)
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To: george76
I've voiced our ills here before, but my family lost 90% of the trees on our 2.5 acres in Grand County. It didn't help that we had a few seasonal neighbors who didn't treat the infestations on their own land. At least we won't have to worry much about forest fires now that we're living in a prairie instead of a wood.

The trees there are nearing the end of their natural life cycle, anyway. These forests are old and overgrown for lodgepoles, without the benefits of beautiful old growth forest. I hope we can figure out how to help the land grow back in a more healthy state.

I'm sure the absence of cold snaps is to blame, but one of the loggers clearing the beetlekill told us that the Feds forbade loggers from clearing off infestations on govt. land, due to environmental concerns. This logger was pretty pissed because lots of his friends had to move away when work dried up, but I think he was on to something about government land incubating these little buggers.

30 posted on 11/30/2006 11:48:30 AM PST by Dumb_Ox (http://kevinjjones.blogspot.com)
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To: Dumb_Ox

The clever Sierra Club lawyers make alot of money filing stupid lawsuits.

The Sierra Club has been taken over by these lawyers.

The foresters are prevented from using science in their decisions.

Sad.


31 posted on 11/30/2006 11:54:31 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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