CONTINUING SAGA OF THE BEETLE ISSUES IN THE WEST
We should all strive to motivate like the Black Hills initiatives: mpb in the Black Hills
If we had done this 20+ years ago in Colorado, we would not have millions of dead trees ready to burn (and burning) in our forests.
Slowly becoming as serious as the mpb issue is the spruce beetle: spruce beetle in Colorado.
Yes, this is nature’s way of thinning and cleaning the forests, but we also contribute with many of our management practices (i.e. by “not managing the forest”).
Much more popular to ask for fire fighting $ than forest mgt. $. I see that getting much worse with the continuing attitude by our political decision makers.
This translates into a national security issue and an unhealthy land base issue for the U.S. and North America.