CHEYENNE, Wyo. — After killing millions of acres of trees across Wyoming over the past 16 years, the mountain pine and spruce beetle epidemic is nearing the end of its course, mainly because the pests don't have much more left to eat.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Black Hills National Forest plans to use extensive commercial tree thinning to battle the mountain pine beetle as part of a $70 million plan that will take five to seven years to implement.
GREAT FALLS - Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service arguing the agency should have completed a more thorough environmental review of a plan to cut down trees killed by mountain pine beetles in the Little Belt Mountain
TRAPPER CREEK — Sweat is running off the foreheads of the pair of young men standing near a ponderosa pine freshly coated with a layer of white insecticide.
LAKE COMO – Last year, the Bitterroot National Forest’s revamped Three Frogs Campground at Lake Como had more visitors than ever, despite opening several weeks later than normal.
Bitterroot Forest sale administrator Gina Reinschmidt walks through a stand of ponderosa pine marked with blue paint. The Forest Service is attempting to get ahead of a mountain pine outbreak that threatens the forest around Lake Como.
The larvae of a mountain pine beetle on a piece of bark covered with the channels created by the insects.
Forest Service regional entomologist Nancy Sturdevant walks toward a pocket of mountain pine beetle-killed ponderosa pine near Lake Como in May 2013.
Forest Service regional entomologist Nancy Sturdevant peels off some bark of a mountain pine beetle-infested ponderosa pine tree in a heavily impacted stand near Lake Como in 2013. Below, a beetle is seen on a tree.
BRIDGER-TETON NATIONAL FOREST — The hikers paused, not to admire the wildflowers or the scenic vistas. Instead, they quieted and watched.
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.
LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming is offering free webinars to help Wyoming residents with pine beetle infestations and grasshopper invasions.
POWELL — Douglas fir beetles may be wreaking havoc on their pine-tree victims, but the insects can be fooled so trees in the Shoshone Forest's developed areas can survive the beetles unscathed.
HELENA — Researchers are taking the first steps toward closing wide knowledge gaps in the behavior of wildfires in millions of acres of Western forests devastated by the mountain pine beetle epidemic, a University of Idaho professor said Wednesday.
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.
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.
CODY, Wyo. — Nobody has a crystal ball to predict what forests across the Northern Rockies will look like 50 or 100 years from now.
HELENA — Deficiencies in the burn plan, disregard for a changing weather forecast and leaving little room for error may have contributed to a prescribed burn this summer that turned into a wildfire, according to a U.S. Forest Service review released Monday.
A pheromone packet placed by Sapp helps ward off beetles from this ponderosa pine.
In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, Larry Sandoval, a district ranger in southern Wyoming's Medicine Bow National Forest, stands in an area cleared of beetle killed pine trees near Foxpark Wyoming. The U.S. Forest Service says it has cut down beetle killed trees from alongside more th…