Spruce Beetles and the Future of our Forest

According to the Colorado State Forest Service, the spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) is responsible for the death of more spruce trees in North America than any other natural agent. Many foresters agree that the spruce beetle population has reached epidemic proportions in our region. As part of GARNA’s series on spruce beetle education, USFS Silviculturist Alex Rudney will present on the progress of the spruce beetle outbreak in the San Isabel National Forest, particularly on Monarch Pass, discuss spruce beetle biology and life cycles, and look at the probable future of the high elevation spruce forests in and around Chaffee County. Alex will touch upon overall forest health and how it relates the Hayden Pass fire.

Alex Rudney is a silviculturist with the US Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest stationed in Salida. The San Isabel National Forest covers the area from Tennessee Pass south to the Spanish Peaks. Alex has worked for the USFS in Forestry for 26 years in California and Colorado including 13 years in Salida. Alex attended Colorado State University and received a BS in Natural Resources Management in 1992.

The program will be held on Thursday, November 10 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church of Salida, 7 Poncha Blvd. The cost of the program is $5 for GARNA members, $7 for non-association members. Registration is requested by visiting garna.org/calendar/spruce-beetle-11-10-16 but tickets will be available at the door, cash or check only. Please contact GARNA at [email protected] or 539-5106 with questions.

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