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Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Pine Sawfly Outbreak in Elbert, El Paso Counties

Contributed by
Bruce Benninghoff, Consulting Forester &
Bill Ciesla, Entomologist

Pine sawfly, a native insect that defoliates ponderosa pines, has rapidly reached epidemic levels south of Denver. First detected just a few weeks ago, the outbreak is believed to have started near the border of El Paso and Elbert counties, and has now been detected on the northeastern fringes of the Douglas County border.

News Release

Quick Guide


Budget Impact of Rising Firefighting Costs

USDA released a report today on the wildfire transfer impacts over time.


Report on Growing Costs of Western Wildfires

Contributed by
Bill Gherardi, Consulting Forester

new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists on the growing costs of western wildfires due to climate change and development in the wildland-urban interface.

Earth On Fire

Contributed by
Scott Golden, Tree Farmer

Link to an Australian BBC production.


USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

Contributed by
Joe Turner, Forestry Contractor

read the News Release


Question and Answer

contributed by
Ray Frush, Tree Farmer  

Selling saw logs:

I have a reasonable number (a couple of truck loads worth) of straight Ponderosa and Doug Fir logs with a minimum 7" diameter at top. If I were to sell these by weight, what would be a good price in the area?

Answer from Jon Bell, Forestry Contractor



Now For Something Completely Different

Contributed by
Scott Golden, Tree Farmer

Undead Forests Around Chernobyl Won't Decompose






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