forests http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Trees Vandalized In Bighorn National Forest http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/trees-vandalized-bighorn-national-forest <p>On a routine winter patrol, Powder River Ranger District officials discovered over 100 trees carved with deep one-foot-sized arrows.&nbsp;&nbsp;District recreation staff member&nbsp;Craig Cope says very rarely has he seen such large-scale vandalizing of trees.&nbsp; And, he says, it was completely unnecessary.</p><p>“There’s much more minimum impact ways of route finding through the woods,” Cope says, “from G-P-S to the nylon ribbon flagging that you can put up temporarily and take down when you’re done.”</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:53:39 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58362 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Trees Vandalized In Bighorn National Forest 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 Former Forest Service Employee Calls For Management Overhaul http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-forest-service-employee-calls-management-overhaul <p>We’re joined now by former U.S. Forest Service employee Brian Stout. He was supervisor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest from 1984 to 1994 and held various other positions in the forest service for the 24 years preceding that.</p><p>Stout recently published a book called “Trees of Life: Our Forests in Peril.” He says he wrote the book because he feels that the current way of managing forests is misguided.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:44:32 +0000 Willow Belden 55682 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Forest Service Employee Calls For Management Overhaul Sen. Barrasso's Timber Bill Unpopular With Environmentalists And Foresters http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sen-barrassos-timber-bill-unpopular-environmentalists-and-foresters <p>Wyoming Republican John Barrasso is leading a fight in the U.S. Senate to change regulations on timber harvesting in national forests. Matt Laslo reports from Washington that environmentalists and foresters are suspicious of his idea.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:15:19 +0000 Matt Laslo 54593 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sen. Barrasso's Timber Bill Unpopular With Environmentalists And Foresters 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 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