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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
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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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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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