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2011 Lyceum Series "Trying To See The Forest For The Trees: Forest Health In The Rocky Mountains"
Saturday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.
The Impacts of Mountain Pine Beetles on Forests in Grand County, Colorado
No larger than a grain of cooked rice, mountain pine beetles (MPB) are bark beetles with the power to greatly impact the forests and communities in the Rocky Mountain West in both an environmental and economic manner. To measure the impact, many factors would have to be considered, including: tree mortality, opportunities lost for carbon sequestration, forest land treatment costs by federal agencies, lost timber value, stand rehabilitation costs, impacts to both watersheds and wildlife, tourism revenue effects, private property value losses, and threats to public safety, including potential wildfire costs. Dr. Kurt Mackes, Assistant Professor/Research Scientist II at Colorado State University was part of just such a study, and will present the surprisingly far-reaching findings of the repercussions of the life of this tiny beetle.