New information on the problem of our changing forests has recently been published. The 2006 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests looks in depth at lodgepole pine forests and the bark beetle epidemic. These forests need to be managed for clean water, recreation opportunities, wood products, wildlife habitat, and safer communities. The report emphasizes the responsibility we all have to manage the forests appropriately.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey site has information for everyone on ways to help prevent the spread of destructive tree insects through the appropriate use of firewood. Similar information is on CSU Extension’s fact sheet, Firewood and House Log Insects.