beetle kill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en 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 Beetle-kill trees studied as potential fuel source http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/beetle-kill-trees-studied-potential-fuel-source <p>What if the vast stands of beetle-killed trees in the west could be turned into gasoline? A recently-announced federal project involving several University of Wyoming researchers is trying to answer that question.<br /><br />Most biofuels are made of crops, like corn and sorghum, but this five-year, $10 million project will study whether dead trees might work just as well -- while avoiding competition with food sources.<br /> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:25:40 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50489 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Beetle-kill trees studied as potential fuel source Reviving local saw mills could limit fire danger in the Rocky Mountain Region http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/reviving-local-saw-mills-could-limit-fire-danger-rocky-mountain-region <p>Saw mills are re-opening in Wyoming and Colorado after a decade of being shuttered. They’re harvesting and processing trees that have been killed by beetle infestation.&nbsp; Still, many are suitable for lumber.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports that this uptick in the timber business is helping with forest fire management.</p><p>(Firing up engine)</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:36:20 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 44764 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Reviving local saw mills could limit fire danger in the Rocky Mountain Region 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