Films Depict Beetle Kill Devastation

A series of films recently released by the University of Wyoming depicts the effects of the beetle kill devastation on the state's wildlife and environment. Leslie Stratmoen has the report.

The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming in Laramie has released a series of short films on the bark beetle and its effects on the environment.

Emilene Ostlind, who works in the university program, said the series fits in with their mission of advancing the understanding and resolution of environmental and natural resource challenges around the world. She called producing the series, “a pretty big stretch” for her department which partnered on the project with the managers of the Medicine Bow National forest.

During the recent interview, she explained how a beetle kills a tree.

She said forest managers are finding ways to deter the devastation.

She said she did not know the percentage of how effective the technique’s been, but forest managers are using the pheromone packets quite frequently, she said, so must be showing results. But, she said, using an approach like that is not feasible for an entire forest.

To learn more about the beetles and the devastation the insects have caused to Wyoming’s forests and wildlife, we’ll send you to the web link – Ostlind said the film shorts you'll find there are each, four to five minutes long.

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