BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - University of Colorado researchers say the 2001-02 drought and others greatly accelerated the spread of a beetle epidemic that has killed thousands of square miles of trees in the West. CU said Monday the study compared patterns of outbreaks in lodge pole and ponderosa pines. CU... more »
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) - Rocky Mountain National Park is planning several steps to mitigate the effects of a bark beetle outbreak on its trees. Over the next two months, the park plans to protect up to 6,700 high-value trees in developed areas from being infected by beetles... more »
DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is offering to renegotiate timber sale contracts in an effort to save sawmills in the Rocky Mountain region that have been hit hard by the recession and stuck with financially nonviable agreements.
Acting regional forester Jerome Thomas says the offer will help... more »
Firefighters continue to build containment lines around a 530-acre wildfire burning in the mountains near Fraser.
The fire, less than a square mile, is burning on public land and is about two miles away from homes. Because of that, and the risk posed by falling trees, firefighters are focusing... more »
Gov. Bill Ritter says wetter-than-usual conditions have reduced the fire danger this year, but he says the state is ready if there is a major wildfire on the Western Slope.
Officials have warned that the continuing bark beetle infestation has left Colorado's high country at risk of a major... more »
The pine beetle infestation that has ravaged more than 2.5 million acres of forest in Colorado and Wyoming may be coming to an end. State and forest officials say the tiny beetle that burrows beneath the bark of pine trees and leaves them turning a sickly red as they die,... more »
The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan to clear some 4,000 acres in Summit County of trees killed by pine beetles. The project in the White River National Forest aims to redice fire risk by clearing dead and dying trees. Peech Keller of the Dillon Ranger District says clearing... more »