Is there a link between global climate change and the pine beetle epidemic?
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — You don’t have to be an early-bird to attend this week’s meeting of the Summit County Forest Health Task Force. The group normally meets early Thursday morning, but in a shift from its regular schedule, the task force is hosting a Feb. 10 luncheon meeting featuring John Bennett, executive director of For The Forest, an Aspen-based group that’s presenting a ground-breaking symposium on forest health next week.
The meeting is set for 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Frisco Community Center, 110 Third Avenue South (at Granite) in Frisco. Forest Health roundtable meetings are free and open to the public. Attendees interested in partaking in a complimentary lunch of soup, salad and sandwiches should RSVP to Sandy Briggs at ForestHealthTF@aol.com or (970) 389-0987.
According to Bennett, a graduate of Yale University, former vice president of the Aspen Institute and four-term mayor of Aspen. the current mountain pine beetle epidemic has created a powerful “teachable moment” here in Colorado and across the region.
A primary goal of the Forests At Risk symposium is to reframe the nation’s climate change dialogue by making the issue both personal and real to many who may not appreciate its connection to the immediate world around them. While some may have difficulty relating to rising sea levels, falling water tables, imperiled polar bears and melting glaciers in far-off places, they are still shocked by the sight of vast dying forests around their homes. The Feb. 18 event features Nobel laureate Al Gore exploring the link between forest health and climate change.
Click here to read a Summit Voice story on the Forests At Risk symposium.
A full description of the symposium is online here.
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