Colorado State Forest Service

February 7, 2015--Aerial survey shows pine beetles waning, but spruce beetles continue to spread across Colorado forests (Summit Voice)

There’s good news and bad news from Colorado’s forests. Mountain pine beetle activity has faded to the lowest level since 1996, but spruce beetles continue to spread in the San Juans and in northwestern Colorado. The spruce beetle outbreak was detected on 485,000 acres in 2014, compared to 398,000 acres across the state in 2013, according to the U.S.

April 20, 2013--No funds for firefighting force (Durango Herald)

State senators who hoped to buy a firefighting air force for Colorado were left Friday with nothing but paper airplanes. A Senate panel voted to advance Senate Bill 245, which creates the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps, but senators withheld the money to buy aircraft.

April 19, 2013--State tanker fleet OK with feds (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Forest Service supports a Colorado state Senate bill that would allow Colorado to buy its own firefighting air-tanker fleet, an agency spokeswoman said. State senators, worried about another bad wildfire season and a diminished federal air-tanker fleet, advanced a bill last week that would spend $25 million to create the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps.

March 25, 2013--Colorado gets new state forester (Summit Voice)

Colorado’s new state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service may be moving here from Pennsylvania, but his forestry roots are pure Colorado. Mike Lester is a CSU alumnus and spent time with the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.

March 21, 2013--Online mapping tool promises to help determine wildfire risk (Salida Mountain Mail)

The Colorado State Forest Service is offering an online mapping tool to help professional planners and landowners determine wildfire risk and how to reduce that risk. The Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, or CO-WRAP, is a web-mapping tool that provides access to statewide wildfire risk assessment information.

March 13, 2013--Online mapping tool offered by Colorado State Forest Service helps landowners to assess wildfire risk (North Forty News)

The Colorado State Forest Service has just made available an online mapping tool that will help community leaders, professional planners and interested citizens determine wildfire risk and where forest management actions can achieve the greatest impact to reduce that risk.

February 7, 2013--Aerial survey shows beetle infestation spreading (Denver Post)

An annual aerial survey of forest health in Colorado shows the mountain pine beetle epidemic is slowing dramatically, but the spruce beetle outbreak is expanding, forest officials said Wednesday. The mountain pine beetle epidemic has spread by 31,000 acres, down from an increase of 140,000 acres reported last year, the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service said.

April 28, 2012--Beetle invasion looms (Durango Herald)

Wolf Creek Pass--Kent Grant pointed to a steep hillside where grayish swaths of timber marked stands of beetle-killed Engelmann spruce. "This is what other areas could look like soon,” said Grant, the district forester in Durango for the Colorado State Forest Service. “The beetle kills started a few years back in the Weminuche (Wilderness) high country and spread rapidly.

September 8, 2011--Colorado to receive grant for beetle aftermath (Coloradoan)

South Dakota just received its share of federal money to help private landowners deal with the aftermath of the bark beetle infestation, and Colorado homeowners may be next. The U.S. Forest Service awarded South Dakota $3 million in cooperative federal grants on Tuesday to help communities hit hard by the bark beetle.

May 28, 2011--Pine beetle epidemic likely to affect water flow in Routt County (Steamboat Today)

It was known early on that the 4 million acres of lodgepole pine infested by the beetle in Colorado and southern Wyoming would drastically change the landscape. The most obvious danger was the dead trees themselves, that unless removed, presented falling hazards for forest users.

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