Infestation makes for big tree-cuttin...

Infestation makes for big tree-cutting days

There are 33 comments on the KUSA Denver story from Jul 10, 2007, titled Infestation makes for big tree-cutting days. In it, KUSA Denver reports that:

If a tree falls in the forest within Grand County these days, there is a good chance Kevin Pellini will hear hit.

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Nancy

Loveland, CO

#1 Jul 10, 2007
Is it possible to get in touch with this gentleman? I would be interested in the wood. Can 9News contact him and/or me to so that we can contact one another?

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#2 Jul 10, 2007
Nancy wrote:
Is it possible to get in touch with this gentleman? I would be interested in the wood. Can 9News contact him and/or me to so that we can contact one another?
Did someone say wooD?
PuttinFireToTheT ire

Denver, CO

#3 Jul 10, 2007
I was just up at Lake Granby camping on the SE side of the lake. That portion of the forest is almost totally infested with Pine Beetle kill.
The wood is so dry it burns with hardly any smoke at all. VERY, VERY dry!!!
I see no way to stop these nasty little members of natures vicious cycle.
It's all just part of a bigger cycle we have no control over what so ever.
I believe the only way to recover from this is to control burn large sections of the infested areas, and hope for the best.
Chuck

Louisville, CO

#4 Jul 11, 2007
Yes, it is sad to see the trees dying
getalife

Denver, CO

#5 Jul 11, 2007
The national forest service let the forests overgrow. Fire is a natural occurrance that keeps our forests healthy. We put out these fires and the trees become overcrowded and more susceptible to desease and insects. This is natural and it will continue. so far we are lucky that Colorado has had a weak fire season. That could change and then the fires will follow. You can't control Mother Natue.
Logic

United States

#8 Jul 11, 2007
There is no excuse for this Pine Beetle infestation. Government officials have known for years and did nothing. As soon as a tree is infested, you either treat the tree or cut it down.

http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/natresources/az1...
Darwin

Denver, CO

#9 Jul 11, 2007
Nancy wrote:
Is it possible to get in touch with this gentleman? I would be interested in the wood. Can 9News contact him and/or me to so that we can contact one another?
Generally, if done properly, the wood is stacked, sprayed with a pesticide, and covered in an attempt to ensure all the beetles are killed. If brought to ones home before all the beetles are killed, you run the risk of spreading the beetle to another area. I am, however, under no illusions that the proper procedure is always followed.

“Denver Bear”

Since: Apr 07

Lakewood, CO

#10 Jul 11, 2007
Wow, 9news.com hit a new low here... a typo/grammar mistake within the first sentence! Amazing...
Babylon4ever

Broomfield, CO

#12 Jul 11, 2007
Ceej wrote:
Wow, 9news.com hit a new low here... a typo/grammar mistake within the first sentence! Amazing...
I, too, was wondering what hit sounds like.
edit

Jamestown, CO

#13 Jul 11, 2007
typo in first sentence
mike

Denver, CO

#14 Jul 11, 2007
global warming, no doubt.......
Robin

Bennett, CO

#15 Jul 11, 2007
Nancy wrote:
Is it possible to get in touch with this gentleman? I would be interested in the wood. Can 9News contact him and/or me to so that we can contact one another?
You don't want that wood!
You'll have the bugs in your house and all around your house!
Robin

Bennett, CO

#16 Jul 11, 2007
Why would you want that wood?
You'll have the beetles in your house and all around your house!
Gross!
Zwhat

Littleton, CO

#17 Jul 11, 2007
Just the facts wrote:
Oops....I saw the word "infestation" and thought it was another story about illegal alien pigs and another hit and run. See ya..........
Nice.
Potential solution

Denver, CO

#18 Jul 11, 2007
Apparently there is a solution - A good friend of mine has a home in Winter Park, which is also getting hit hard by the beetles. He told me that you can actually inject (or spray) a pheromone in the healthy trees that will essentially "fake" out the beetles. The pheromone mimics that of beetles that have already infested a tree, thereby discouraging beetles from boring in. He said that have done this on the healthy trees on their property and so-far-so-good...
Scott

Denver, CO

#19 Jul 11, 2007
Whenever anything gets over populated, things like this will happen. I've known for years that something like this would happen, because there is almost no will to cut trees down. Of course nobody wants to see trees cut down in an area they frequent, or where they grew up, but what's the alternative?

This same type of thing happens in deer populations. Over crowding starts the spread of disease and other infestations such as brain worm.

It happens in the human population too. Since the population of this country started taking off, look at how many liberals there are now.:)
Dude

Littleton, CO

#20 Jul 11, 2007
It's not just Grand County - it's going to be the entire pine forest in Colorado before long. I was just up around Dillon and over to the Williams Fork river valley area - Dillon pine is half gone and W/F is 95% dead - campgrounds there are closed because of it. It's the saddest thing I've ever seen in this State. I don't understand why they're not cutting control zones and burning to clean it up - logging will take forever and burning is the only way it will ever have a chance to recover - if ever.
Again - forest management by political stupidity.
Kao

United States

#21 Jul 11, 2007
Crissy R6 wrote:
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Did someone say wooD?
HAHAHA! Does it show my age that I know where that is from?
Erik

Westminster, CO

#22 Jul 11, 2007
This one makes me scratch my head. I can certainly understand Jane Kemp's dilemma. You have purchased what is to you (And others) a lovely tree infested piece of land. And the beetles love it as well. But their impact is much stronger and quicker than one would think. Now that beautiful piece of land is now a brown/dead area. It looks like to me that Mother Nature is flexing her muscles in revenge for all of the damage that we have caused her.
jeff fudge

Denver, CO

#23 Jul 11, 2007
I used to be a resident up there and this problem has been around for a while it just never got looked at cause all the people with politacal power live in denver and dont care about whats going on in the mouintains even though this subject was brought up to the state 10years ago its just now getting recognition because some yuppy from denver probaly bought a summer home up there and now its affecting them. But when a fire does happen look out cause no where in the mountains will be safe now do to poor goverment help

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