Spruce Beetle

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Jan 29, 2016

  • Montrose Airport hits major milestone
  • Spruce beetle damage continues to spread across the state
  • Colorado lags in providing food stamp benefits
  • Bill aims to improve awareness of I-70 chain law
  • Rundown of candidates for local municipal elections

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Aug 4, 2015

  • Mountain Biker Dies While Competing In Crested Butte Leg of Enduro World Series 
  • After Accident On Popular OHV Road San Miguel Sheriff Calls For Closure To Vehicles
  • Grand Junction Man Arrested In Toddler’s Death
  • Comment Period For Proposed Oil & Gas Project Near Somerset Ends
  • Forest Service Tries To Cope With Beetle Kill, Aspen Decline

Newscast

  • Colorado DMV fee changes go into effect
  • Meeting educates public on plan to tackle beetle kill
  • Ride Festival doubles attendance over last year
  • Forest Service makes hard bear proof containers mandatory for campers
  • Lawmakers consider moving state fair from Pueblo

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jun 18, 2015

  Newscast

  • DMEA annual meeting brings in new board member, billing process
  • Summer heats up next week
  • Highway 133 closure this week
  • Colorado proposed changes to voting rules
  • Spruce beetle plan gets extention for public comment
  • Birth Control program receives another round of funding

spruce beetle
Laura Palmisano

Over the past decade spruce beetles have been causing a big problem in southwest Colorado. And it’s getting worse. The beetle is devouring mature spruce forests and turning them into expanses primed for wildfire.

Colorado Forests Die In Beetle's Wake

Sep 18, 2014
spruce beetle
Laura Palmisano

Over the past decade a tiny insect has been causing a big problem in southwest Colorado. And it’s getting worse. The beetle is devouring mature spruce forests and turning them into expanses primed for wildfire. The U.S. Forest Service recently unveiled a broad new plan to try to minimize fire danger but not everyone thinks it’s the best path forward. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports.

The Issue

U.S. Forest Service

The spruce beetle epidemic and aspen decline in the Grand Mesa, Umcompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests were discussed Tuesday at a public meeting in Montrose. 

Over 70 people attended the meeting, and learned from U.S. Forest Service officials the spruce beetle population is exponentially increasing within the three National Forests.