Report: Local Spruce Beetle Outbreak A "Significant Concern"

Apr 11, 2014

The impact of the spruce beetle is apparent in the Rio Grande National Forest. Since 2002, more than 380,000 acres of spruce-fir forests have been infested by spruce beetle and the beetles are continuing to spread.
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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 new report 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.

The State of the Forest report can be found here.

The inaugural State of the Forest Report details how climate change is impacting forests in the Roaring Fork Watershed.
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