Forests in Flux- Bark Beetles--Mike Blakeman


Colorado Field Institute
 2013 Winter Lecture Series



Forests in Flux: Nature’s Rhythm of Change

 Mike Blakeman,  Rio Grande National Forest

7 p.m. Wednesday, January 23,2013 

Room 130 Porter Hall

Adams State University

Alamosa, CO


Over 300,000 acres of spruce forest on the Rio Grande National Forest has been infested by spruce beetles. In many areas, virtually all of the Engelmann spruce trees larger than five inches in diameter have succumbed to the beetles. Blakeman will discuss the conditions that led to the beetle epidemic; the current status of the spruce forests; the possible impacts of the epidemic on water, fire danger, wildlife, and humans; and what to possibly expect in the future. Forests in Flux is not a story of death and destruction, rather it is a story of natural change and rejuvenation. The audience will come away with a new perspective of the current landscape-altering spruce beetle epidemic.

Mike Blakeman, is the public affairs specialist for the Rio Grande National Forest. He has a background in forestry, soil science,  and education. He has lived, worked, and recreated in the upper Rio Grande Watershed for over 30 years.


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