Tree Frog Forestry News

Aerial survey shows bark beetles are alive and well

By Katherine Nettles
Crested Butte News
February 12, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 2019 aerial survey of Colorado’s forests shows that each of the various bark beetles that cause tree mortality are, unfortunately, here in Gunnison County. But according to the Colorado State Forest Service, they aren’t necessarily in each forest or on every tree, and if managed appropriately they can even be a part of overall forest health. The key is continued collaboration between various agencies and private property owners. The USDA Forest Service, the Rocky Mountain Region, and the Colorado State Forest Service released the results of last year’s aerial detection survey and survey map on January 27. The agencies lead this survey each year to monitor forest health conditions on millions of forested acres across Colorado. The 2019 survey pilots used a custom, web-based application allowing the US Forest Service to share data during flights in real time with partners and the public to enhance the response capacity and cover areas more efficiently.

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