Everyone has been affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic, regardless of whether he or she is aware of the issue. One of the main aspects of the epidemic that affects everyone…
Some have thought about the beetle-kill epidemic in a different light — many even turning it into a profit. Artisan communities in the Intermountain West — painters, photographers, and sculptors — have used the epidemic as a means to further their creative arts and instincts. A recent photo exposition by University of Wyoming alumni Josh King is a good example.
While recent data may suggest that the current pine beetle epidemic could be winding down, the pine beetle's legacy — a trademark, rust-red landscape — is what is left behind. Students in the University of Wyoming's Environment and Natural Resource capstone class are working this semester to research and write an environmental assessment of how to turn all that dead timber into a renewable energy source.
What we do know is there are foresters who say that by removing beetle-killed lodgepole pine, for instance, we can make way for a diversity of trees in those areas currently occupied by one single species. The current forest management plan for the Medicine Bow emphasizes silvicultural practices, which control the establishment, growth, and health of the forest to support desired future conditions. The plan also focuses on how these conditions might include younger stands and increased species, which over time will support resistivity to bark beetle infestation.
Logging adapts to beetle epidemic By Quinn Lance
I began to think, if temperatures as low as 39 degrees below zero Fahrenheit do not have to the potential to kill the mountain pine beetle in the month of February, what type of climatic event does it take to affect the mortality rate of the mountain bark beetle?