pine beetle http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/usda-pays-turn-dead-trees-biofuel <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture starting a program that pays people to deliver dead trees to power plants that can convert them to biomass fuel.&nbsp; Large swaths of Wyoming’s forests have been killed by pine beetle infestations and some say they pose a fire danger. Todd Atkinson with the Farm Service Agency says he hopes money will give people the incentive to harvest from more remote areas.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:22:01 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59932 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel Pine Beetle Spread Slows Dramatically http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pine-beetle-spread-slows-dramatically <p>The spread of mountain pine beetles is slowing in Wyoming, according to a survey from the U.S. Forest Service.</p><p></p><p>Beetles killed 180,000 new acres of trees in 2012, but only 82,000 acres in 2013.</p><p>The Forest Service’s Aaron Voos says it’s not surprising.</p><p>“They’ve kind of eaten themselves out of house and home,” Voos said. “All of the trees that were susceptible to attack … have been either eaten and are now dead and dying, or they were able to fend off the epidemic and have developed some sort of resiliency.”</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:14:17 +0000 Willow Belden 54008 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pine Beetle Spread Slows Dramatically Despite reduced beetle kill, state forester forecasts a heavy fire season http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/despite-reduced-beetle-kill-state-forester-forecasts-heavy-fire-season <p></p><p></p><p>Wyoming forest officials anticipate another heavy fire season for this year.</p><p>Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser says recent warm winters have been great for the pine beetle population. He adds that Wyoming pine forests are full of densely-packed stands with trees of the same age, which makes them especially vulnerable to beetles, and that makes them more likely to burn.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:08:23 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38954 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Despite reduced beetle kill, state forester forecasts a heavy fire season