Huffpost Denver

Pine Beetle Timber To Be Used For Unconventional Purposes

Posted: Updated:

Take a trip to the Medicine Bow National Forest and you're likely to see red.

A lot of it.

About 90 percent of mature lodgepole pines in the Medicine Bow and Routt national forests are expected to die in the next five years, thanks to the beetle infestation, said Mary Peterson of the U.S. Forest Service.

Forest Service officials want to remove beetlekilled trees from roads, campgrounds and urban areas, said Peterson, forest supervisor for the Medicine Bow and Routt national forests.

However, the question remains: What to do with all the dead timber once it's been cut down?

"We do need to have an industry that can utilize the amount of biomass that we have, especially with the progression of the mountain pine beetle epidemic" and the resulting tree mortality, Peterson said.

An informal array of residents and officials seeks to help fill that need.

Read the whole story at Rawlins Daily Times