Spruce Beetle http://aspenpublicradio.org en Report: Local Spruce Beetle Outbreak A "Significant Concern" http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/report-local-spruce-beetle-outbreak-significant-concern <p></p><p>Colorado’s Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic is subsiding but a new threat is on the rise. The Spruce beetle has killed large swaths of forests in Colorado’s southwest and a <a href="http://www.aspennature.org/blog/aces-releases-inaugural-state-forest-report">new report</a> shows the Roaring Fork watershed is at risk. Drought and climate change are weakening trees, giving this native beetle a larger area to attack. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jamie Cundiff. She’s the Forest Programs Director for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 16856 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Report: Local Spruce Beetle Outbreak A "Significant Concern" Drought Linked to Spruce Beetle Outbreaks in Colorado's Northern Mountains http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/drought-linked-spruce-beetle-outbreaks-colorados-northern-mountains <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Large swathes of spruce forests in the Northern Colorado mountains are dying due to the Spruce Beetle. Now, researchers are linking these massive beetle outbreaks to drought. The beetles&rsquo; impact on forests has the potential to be more devastating in Colorado than the mountain pine beetle. Aspen Public Radio&rsquo;s Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spoke with Sarah Hart, the lead author of the study. She says her team went over 300 years of drought data.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:55:32 +0000 Marci Krivonen 8729 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Drought Linked to Spruce Beetle Outbreaks in Colorado's Northern Mountains