In all, the bark beetle has impacted more than three million acres of Colorado forests since the first signs of an outbreak in 1996. Park officials are spraying insecticides on thousands of trees to help mitigate the effects of a bark beetle outbreak.
A new study by the U.S. Forest Service says sustained funding from the government will be “essential” for the agency to continue its fight against the bark beetle epidemic. An estimated 41 million acres of western forests have already been destroyed by the insects--including 4 million in Colorado and Wyoming.
The Colorado State Forest Service is launching a database to connect consumers with Colorado businesses using clear and beetle-killed wood. The searchable list contains about 130 businesses that sell furniture, traditional lumber and other products.