Forest ranger’s goal: Halt march of beetles

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Forest ranger’s goal: Halt march of beetles

Worried cabin owners in Cascade Creek take tour
Left: Spruce bark beetle damage to trees in the Rio Grande National Forest is extensive. In the Pine River drainage, east of Durango, the beetle-kill is advancing 1½ to 2 miles a year.
Above: Gretchen Fitzgerald, with the Columbine District of the Forest Service, explains the progression of beetle-kill on a tree to Steven Gawlik in the Cascade Creek drainage, north of Durango, where Gawlik owns a cabin. The Forest Service is hoping to prevent an invasion of beetles similar to the beetle attacks on the eastern side of the San Juan National Forest.
Cabin owners in the Cascade Creek area of the San Juan National Forest see firsthand the damage beetle infestation can inflict. From the left is Margy Dudley, Steven Gawlik and Heidi White.
Matt Janowiak, U.S. Forest Service’s Columbine District ranger, explains a possible timber sale plan to reduce the risk of beetle kill in the Cascade Creek drainage.

Forest ranger’s goal: Halt march of beetles

Left: Spruce bark beetle damage to trees in the Rio Grande National Forest is extensive. In the Pine River drainage, east of Durango, the beetle-kill is advancing 1½ to 2 miles a year.
Above: Gretchen Fitzgerald, with the Columbine District of the Forest Service, explains the progression of beetle-kill on a tree to Steven Gawlik in the Cascade Creek drainage, north of Durango, where Gawlik owns a cabin. The Forest Service is hoping to prevent an invasion of beetles similar to the beetle attacks on the eastern side of the San Juan National Forest.
Cabin owners in the Cascade Creek area of the San Juan National Forest see firsthand the damage beetle infestation can inflict. From the left is Margy Dudley, Steven Gawlik and Heidi White.
Matt Janowiak, U.S. Forest Service’s Columbine District ranger, explains a possible timber sale plan to reduce the risk of beetle kill in the Cascade Creek drainage.
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