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Breckenridge: Forest summit meeting comes to CMC

Panels will focus on science and management

There are still considerable areas of healthy forest in Summit County, but nobody really talks about them anymore.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Conservation experts, forest managers, loggers and scientists will gather at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge this week to pow-wow once again on the condition of Colorado’s devastated lodgepole pine stands.

The Colorado Bark Beetle Collaborative summit meeting is set for Friday, October 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

A science panel will discuss the ecology of lodgepole pine forests and the future of post-beetle forests from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The next session is a Q & A moderated by Dr. Tony Cheng, associate professor in forest policy and director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University.

After lunch, various agency officials will spend some time talking about forest health treatments, the extent of the beetle infestation and broader regional goals with regard to bark beetles.

The wrap-up session will focus on key take-aways related to post-beetle forests (although the beetles will come again, so it could just as easily be called “pre-beetle.”), and setting a roadmap for the Colorado Bark Beetle Collaborative for 2012.

 Please RSVP to Abbie Cobb at acobbcbbc@gmail.com or 970-453-4110.
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3 Responses

  1. I’m probably out to lunch on this, but what can science do about the problem, besides sit idly bye and watch the destruction?

    • I think the idea is to try and learn from what is happening; to try and figure out what we might want forests to look like in the future and IF there is anything we can do to make that happen.

      On a very small scale, around towns and neighborhoods, intensive forest management can make a difference.

      It’s also worth remembering that an entire mini-industry of think tanks, marketing, science and hanger-ons has developed around the forest health “problem.” They all have a vested interest in talking it up to keep the funds coming.

      • Thanks Bob, though I comment a lot, there are obvious things I miss, old age plays a part in it I’m sure. Your last line I think does tell the tale, but then, what do I know.

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