COLORADO Spruce beetles continue destructive crusade
Acreage impacted by bark beetles has decreased across the state, but only because the pests are moving into new areas.
by Dalton Carver
A 2016 forest health aerial survey conducted by the Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service found Spruce beetle was the most damaging forest insect pest in the state for the fifth year in a row. The two entities see no evidence pointing to an abatement of the Spruce beetle epidemic but remain hopeful this winter’s precipitation will allow trees to start fighting back.
Dan West, CSFS forest entomologist, thinks the amount of snowpack the state has received this year will...