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Pine Beetle

Survey shows mountain pine beetle declines across Wyoming

Survey shows mountain pine beetle declines across Wyoming

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.

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Black Hills National Forest unveils beetle plan

Black Hills National Forest unveils beetle plan

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.

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Conservation groups sue over Little Belt logging

Conservation groups sue over Little Belt logging

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

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Crews spray trees in Bitterroot National Forest to protect against pine beetles

Crews spray trees in Bitterroot National Forest to protect against pine beetles

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.

June 04, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Defensive measure: Crews work to remove pine beetle-infested trees from campground

Defensive measure: Crews work to remove pine beetle-infested trees from campground

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.

May 13, 2012 11:30 am Photos

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Bitterroot Forest sale administrator Gina Reinschmidt

Bitterroot Forest sale administrator Gina Reinschmidt

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.

May 13, 2012 9:20 am
The larvae

The larvae

The larvae of a mountain pine beetle on a piece of bark covered with the channels created by the insects.

May 13, 2012 9:20 am
Nancy Sturdevant

Nancy Sturdevant

Forest Service regional entomologist Nancy Sturdevant walks toward a pocket of mountain pine beetle-killed ponderosa pine near Lake Como in May 2013.

May 13, 2012 9:20 am
Forest Service regional entomologist Nancy Sturdevant

Forest Service regional entomologist Nancy Sturdevant

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.

May 13, 2012 9:20 am
Volunteer hikers help fight pine beetle epidemic

Volunteer hikers help fight pine beetle epidemic

BRIDGER-TETON NATIONAL FOREST — The hikers paused, not to admire the wildflowers or the scenic vistas. Instead, they quieted and watched.

August 08, 2011 11:45 pm Photos

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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.

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UW webinars offer help to combat pests

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming is offering free webinars to help Wyoming residents with pine beetle infestations and grasshopper invasions.

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Shoshone Forest employees out-scheme pine beetles

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.

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Knowledge gaps abound in beetle-kill forest fires

Knowledge gaps abound in beetle-kill forest fires

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.

May 04, 2011 1:22 pm Photos

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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.

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Wyoming forestry officials look to forests' future

CODY, Wyo. — Nobody has a crystal ball to predict what forests across the Northern Rockies will look like 50 or 100 years from now.

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Report: Burn plan deficiencies contributed to fire

Report: Burn plan deficiencies contributed to fire

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.

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Cameron Sapp's experiment

Cameron Sapp's experiment

A pheromone packet placed by Sapp helps ward off beetles from this ponderosa pine.

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Bark Beetles Forests

Bark Beetles Forests

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…

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