FEATURE COVERAGE

Thu
02
Oct

WESTERN SLOPE USFS seeks flexibilty in spruce and aspen management


USFS Gunnison Service Center Scientist Jim Worrall discusses Sudden Aspen Decline during a USFS field trip east of Lake City on Sept. 4. Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

Faced with the continued expansion of bark beetle and aspen decline on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service is proposing to adapt its forest management and timber sale procedures to keep pace with the rapid tree loss.

Thu
02
Oct

OURAY COUNTY Countering the threat of beetle kill

By Sheridan Block and Bill Tiedje
sheridan@ouraynews.com
bill@ouraynews.com

The beetle kill epidemic is an obvious problem in the county, and with a clearer understanding of the beetle mosaic of Ouray County, we are now left with the questions: how did this happen, why should we care and what can we do?

Thu
02
Oct

OURAY COUNTY The beetle mosaic of Ouray County

By Bill Tiedje
bill@ouraynews.com

It's no surprise to many residents that beetle infestations have been damaging and killing trees in Ouray County, but the high degree of diversity in both tree species and beetle pests requires a nuanced response.

Thu
02
Oct

CITY OF OURAY Citizens encouraged to protect trees

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

The warm, dry months of summer are only a few weeks away and with that, the threat of hungry bark beetles looms over Ouray’s dwindling number of fir trees. As bark beetles prepare their search for new host trees in the city’s forests, citizens are encouraged to take action against these destructive insects.

Thu
02
Oct

CITY OF OURAY Outreach points residents in right direction for tree protection


A preserved white fir engraver beetle specimen. Plaindealer photo by Sheridan Block

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

Saving Ouray's trees from the plague of bark beetles may seem like an enormous undertaking, but as some residents learned last week it is not an impossible feat.

Thu
02
Oct

CITY OF OURAY Beetle kill outreach session set for tonight

By Sheridan Block
sheridan@ouraynews.com

As part of the community's efforts to combat the fir engraver beetle that has already claimed many trees surrounding Ouray, an outreach session will be held tonight in the Ouray Community Center.

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