MONTROSE – An all-day educational forum at the Montrose County fairgrounds for landowners affected by the rapid escalation of bark beetle damage on the Grand Mesa and on Gunnison National will be hosted by Forest Delta County Commissioner Doug Atchley and Montrose County Commissioner Ron Henderson on Tuesday, April 2.
Forest health issues affect more than six million acres in state forests, and according to the U.S. Forest Service 2012 Forest Health Report, much of it due to spruce bark-beetle pressure that is now mounting in southwest Colorado.
U.S. Forest Service Entomologist and Service Center Leader Roy Maska and Acting State Forester Joe Duda will keynote the forum about forest health and the escalating spruce bark beetle pressure, with informational panels about forestry best practices and safety,about past treatments for neighboring forests andabout lessons learned by utilities working to protect public infrastructure across the mountain pine beetle forests in northern Colorado.
Co-sponsors include the Public Lands Partnership, Montrose Economic Development Corporation , and Delta County Economic Development. Please RSVP to Patricia at MEDC 970/249-9438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $10 per person (cash or check), payable at the door. For more information contact Nancy Fishering at 970/249-1767.