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DanaMac
01-23-2009, 10:39 AM
I found this article interesting. Thought I'd share. We have some serious issues with the beetle infestation here in Colorado. Summit County has been devastated by it. We need some frigid, harsh, long winters to help kill the beetles. (the bugs, not the band)


Report: Warming cuts trees' life in half
The death rate of woods in the West may also contribute to less carbon being trapped.
By Jennifer Brown
The Denver Post
Posted: 01/23/2009 12:30:00 AM MST
Updated: 01/23/2009 12:57:29 AM MST

The life span of trees in the western United States has been cut in half, and the likely cause is climate change, according to the most extensive research yet on the life span of pines, firs and hemlocks.

The death rate of trees in Colorado, California and the Pacific Northwest has more than doubled since 1955 as warmer temperatures have led to less moisture and severe drought, according to a paper published today in the journal Science.

Life span of trees (http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_11532745)

Mike Leary
01-23-2009, 11:02 AM
We don't see the problem on the west side of the Cascade Mtns., but once you get into Idaho and Montana, it's real obvious.

AI Inc
01-23-2009, 11:04 AM
Im in favor of eradicating the bugs and the band.

Kiril
01-23-2009, 11:11 AM
Another report on the same article, but more in depth.

http://ipsnews.net/wap/news.asp?idnews=45511

and a somewhat related publication.

http://www.cps-scp.ca/download/cjpp-archive/Vol9/CJPP9(4)349-360(1987).pdf

Mike Leary
01-23-2009, 11:29 AM
and a somewhat related publication.

Interesting, I did not know about the Birch problem.:cry:

ARGOS
01-23-2009, 11:30 AM
Over the last two years I lost 11 trees to the beetle. Most of them immediately around the house. It leaves a painful hole.

Dripit good
01-23-2009, 12:24 PM
Yea that does suck. We've been hit hard by the Emerald Ash borer. Basically it has killed every Ash tree in our surrounding counties and throughout the state. It's on the move to the east coast I believe. You can get into trouble moving around firewood if it's Ash.

I understand there is another bug (microscopic size) that is killing pines just south and west of Michigan that is moving west. Once under the cambium(sp?) there is no treatment to eradicate it. The wind moves them from tree to tree.

*trucewhiteflag*

TRILAWNCARE
01-23-2009, 12:52 PM
Yea that does suck. We've been hit hard by the Emerald Ash borer. Basically it has killed every Ash tree in our surrounding counties and throughout the state. It's on the move to the east coast I believe. You can get into trouble moving around firewood if it's Ash.

I understand there is another bug (microscopic size) that is killing pines just south and west of Michigan that is moving west. Once under the cambium(sp?) there is no treatment to eradicate it. The wind moves them from tree to tree.

*trucewhiteflag*

These people from Michigan got busted trying to haul fire wood through Iowa. (http://www.kcci.com/news/13666031/detail.html)

Dripit good
01-23-2009, 01:01 PM
Nice follow up trigger!

Mike Leary
01-23-2009, 01:07 PM
They have "log cops" at the Canadian border, too; no wood allowed, period.

Dripit good
01-23-2009, 01:11 PM
I only burn the good stuff. Got a great black cherry connection.

irrig8r
01-23-2009, 01:30 PM
"Sudden Oak Death" has been killing native oaks here.

Turns out to be a phytopthora that came from nursery stock, probably rhododendrons.

http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/

They say it's been spread around by hikers and mountain bikers too.

I first noticed a die-off of Lythocarpus (Tanbark Oak) back in the mid 80's. As the 'burbs expanded into the hills and irrigation and non-natives were introduced it became a bigger problem.

Now it's huge and contributing to the summer and fall wildfire problems...

Kiril
01-23-2009, 02:05 PM
"Sudden Oak Death" has been killing native oaks here.

Just mere mention of that should get you 10 lashings. :cry:

hoskm01
01-23-2009, 08:06 PM
The outlook in Summit county is grim. I dont know if Dana or Tom have been there in the last few years. Will take some pics from Winter Park. Grim.

DanaMac
01-23-2009, 08:22 PM
The outlook in Summit county is grim. I dont know if Dana or Tom have been there in the last few years. Will take some pics from Winter Park. Grim.

I go through there at least twice a year. We usually come up HWY 24 and cut over through Breckenridge instead of I-70. Driving through that area is heartbreaking, seeing the acres and acres of dead brown pine trees. There are areas heading towards Steamboat that have it too.

Wet_Boots
01-23-2009, 08:36 PM
Can anything be planted to take the place of the dead pines? Or is it too dry for anything?

EagleLandscape
01-23-2009, 09:25 PM
I heard today that we are nearing an ice age...

irritation
01-23-2009, 09:31 PM
I heard today that we are nearing an ice age...

.... and the end of the world is 2012...:eek:

hoskm01
01-23-2009, 10:32 PM
Mares eat oats and does eat oats...

FIMCO-MEISTER
01-24-2009, 08:09 AM
I try to buy my camp firewood in the local park I'm at to avoid spreading bugs but everybody around me has brought in firewood. The guy who started geocaching tried to kill it when he realized it would cause irresponsible humans to be trampling in wooded areas. I could discuss the topic to death. I'll save for later.

irrig8r
01-24-2009, 01:22 PM
Just mere mention of that should get you 10 lashings. :cry:

Why? As far as I know it doesn't spread via message boards....

Kiril
01-24-2009, 01:29 PM
Why? As far as I know it doesn't spread via message boards....

Never know :dizzy: I feel contaminated already. :laugh: