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Bark Beetle

Pine beetles likely survived recent cold snap

GREAT FALLS — Montana’s recent record-breaking cold snap probably didn’t cause widespread mortality in the state’s tree-eating mountain pine beetle population, but it may have killed beetles in localized areas, according to forest health experts.

December 15, 2013 12:18 pmLoading…

Campgrounds to be temporarily closed for spraying

Several Shoshone National Forest campgrounds will be closed for one to two days starting Sept. 3 as the insecticide Carbaryl is sprayed to protect trees from bark beetle attack. 

August 26, 2013 4:39 pmLoading…

Bark beetle seminar, Shoshone National Forest tour offered

As a part of the forest plan revision process, the Shoshone National Forest will be holding a seminar and field trip on the bark beetle epidemic.

September 24, 2012 5:16 pmLoading…

Bark beetles expand assault on Wyoming forests

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Bark beetles continued to kill more trees in Wyoming last year.

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Forest Service agrees to void timber contracts

Forest Service agrees to void timber contracts

DENVER  - 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 bark beetle infestations, the recession and financially unviable agreements.

August 04, 2011 1:31 pmLoading…
Lawmakers consider bark beetle water study

Lawmakers consider bark beetle water study

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -  There's concern in Wyoming that the bark beetle infestation could lead to flooding or other water supply problems around the state.

June 02, 2011 4:17 pmLoading…
Lack of large, live trees left slow Wyoming beetles

Lack of large, live trees left slow Wyoming beetles

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  — Foresters say an enormous bark beetle epidemic is slowing down in Wyoming, but not because anybody has managed to bring the ravenous insects under control.

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Beetle spread slows in Wyoming

Beetle spread slows in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s bark beetle epidemic is showing signs of slowing, forestry officials say, for the rather depressing reason that the insects are running out of trees in the state to infest.

March 29, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Survey shows possible decline in pine beetle outbreak

Survey shows possible decline in pine beetle outbreak

MISSOULA — U.S. Forest Service officials say a 2010 Montana survey shows fewer red-needled trees indicative of a mountain pine beetle attack than what was observed in 2009.

March 29, 2011 8:01 am Related Loading…
Lodgepole pine

Lodgepole pine

A lodgepole pine tree killed by mountain pine beetles glows red in the early morning light

March 29, 2011 8:02 amLoading…

Utah logging company to operate mill in Wyoming

RAWLINS -- A Utah-based logging company says it plans to start operating a mill it is leasing in Wyoming by mid-April.

March 20, 2011 5:06 pmLoading…

1,100 Cheyenne trees infested with bark beetle

CHEYENNE — Cheyenne officials say an estimated 1,100 trees have been infested with bark beetles in the city and need to be removed.

March 12, 2011 3:00 pmLoading…
Cold winter not cold enough to kill bark beetles

Cold winter not cold enough to kill bark beetles

Frigid as the winter of 2010-2011 has been, it probably has had little effect on the mortality of bark beetles that have transformed more than 2 million acres of Montana forest into rusty-brown kill zones.

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USFS authorizes burns in forest in Crook County

SUNDANCE, Wyo. — The U.S. Forest Service has authorized prescribed burns on more than 3.5 square miles in Crook County to help preserve the health of national forest land.

February 28, 2011 10:21 pmLoading…

Researcher: Forests will bounce back from beetles

ASPEN, Colo. — Western forests are already showing signs of a comeback amid a bark beetle epidemic that has killed millions of lodgepole pines in Colorado and Wyoming, a researcher says.

February 22, 2011 5:56 pmLoading…

Frigid weather likely won't ice bark beetles

GRAND JUNCTION — Anyone hoping that sub-zero temperatures have put Colorado's pine beetle infestation on ice is likely to be disappointed: federal officials say it would take about a week of frigid weather to kill the bugs.

February 03, 2011 8:36 pmLoading…

Bark beetle infestation at 4M acres in Colorado and Wyoming

DENVER  — The bark beetle epidemic now has infested 4 million acres in Colorado and southern Wyoming and it's spreading fast in the Black Hills of South Dakota, U.S. Forest Service officials said Friday.

January 21, 2011 7:21 pmLoading…

Forest Service proposes removing trees from Sheridan Campground; comments sought

The Beartooth Ranger District is taking comments on a proposal to remove about 40 bark beetle-infested spruce trees from the Sheridan Campground south of Red Lodge this winter. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 30.

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Freudenthal: Feds unlikely to change position on wolves

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Dave Freudenthal spent a few days last week visiting federal agencies in Washington, D.C.

November 20, 2010 11:45 pmLoading…
Bark beetle die-off found in Helena, Butte areas

Bark beetle die-off found in Helena, Butte areas


October 20, 2010 12:33 pmLoading…

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