17 Jul 2014

Spruce Beetle Epidemic & Aspen Decline (SBEADMR)

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Spruce Beetle Epidemic Aspen Decline Management Response

On the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests approximately 300,000 acres have experienced mortality from insects and disease agents over the past decade. This planning effort will allow the Forest Service and stakeholders to act adaptively, proactively and efficiently to changing forest health conditions. This project is intended to be a “rapid response” to the escalation of insects and disease epidemics on forests in Western Colorado. Focusing on salvage of materials to support local industry and inclusive of resiliency treatments where feasible and public safety considerations, the project is designed in accordance with the U.S. Forest Service Bark Beetle Strategy (July 2011)

For more information, go to the GMUG Forest Service website: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/SBEADMR

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