Bark Beetle http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Film Series Focusing On Bark Beetles Premieres In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/film-series-focusing-bark-beetles-premieres-wyoming <p>Bark beetles have ravaged western forests in recent years, leaving behind huge swaths of dead trees.</p><p>In a series of ten short films premiering in Wyoming this week, the Forest Service and the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute have teamed up to spotlight some of the impacts of the outbreak, and the ways managers are responding to it. The Institute’s Emilene Ostlind says the series covers everything from bark beetles’ effect on Cheyenne’s water supply to how beetle kill is turned into lumber to her personal favorite, which focuses on researchers at the university.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:07:55 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57528 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Film Series Focusing On Bark Beetles Premieres In Wyoming Bark beetles turn forest into carbon source http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bark-beetles-turn-forest-carbon-source <p>Pine and spruce beetles have killed millions of trees across Wyoming and the West. To many, the dying forests are visually unattractive. But there’s a bigger issue. Researchers in the Medicine Bow National Forest are finding that beetle kill has had a major impact on how the forest processes carbon dioxide. Wyoming Public radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:18:00 +0000 Willow Belden 50931 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bark beetles turn forest into carbon source New saw mill helps clear forests of beetle-killed trees http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-saw-mill-helps-clear-forests-beetle-killed-trees <p>Foresters say it’s a good thing that Saratoga’s saw mill is back at work.</p><p>Saratoga Forest Management opened this January, 10 years after its predecessor, Saratoga Saw Mill, went out of business.</p><p>Wyoming State Forestry Division’s Josh Van Vlack says half of the area’s dense forests have been killed by bark beetles, but foresters can’t afford to remove the dead trees. Van Vlack says that the saw mill is paying for the rights to remove the timber, which is turns into two-by-fours.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:48:50 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 44755 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Forest Service studies the impacts of Beetle killed trees http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/forest-service-studies-impacts-beetle-killed-trees <p>INTRO:&nbsp; Throughout the west a natural process is being witnessed that in some areas has had devastating impacts. The Bark Beetle epidemic has affected millions of acres of forest and caused public officials to ponder what if anything can be done about it. Big Horn Radio Network’s David Koch reports that officials recently looked at the situation in northwest, Wyoming.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:54:18 +0000 David Koch 31075 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Forest Service studies the impacts of Beetle killed trees