What is BLM doing about the Bark Beetle?
BLM Colorado has developed a comprehensive strategy to help manage this epidemic, called the Bark Beetle Strategic Plan. While the plan includes several management actions, the priority is to reduce the threat to public safety and infrastructure by removing and utilizing beetle-killed trees in travel cooridors and other high-use areas.
The Kremmling Field Office has initiated an environmental review to treat up to 5,300 acres through multiple projects along and adjacent to roads in Grand County over the next several years. Reducing hazards and risk along roads in neighboring Jackson County has been a priority in many of the previous and current projects in the Kremmling Field Office, including several of the 13 currently active contracts covering a total of 1,352 acres, and an additional four projects for more than 1,000 acres that could begin in 2014.
With the market for lumber and wood pellets rebounding from the recession, the demand for access to beetle-killed trees is also rebounding, helping ensure these projects will continue to have interested bidders. New products using material from beetle-killed trees are also creating more opportunity, such as for bioremediation and absorption in the oil and gas industry.
Where are these logging project located?
Maps showing specific project locations current as of fall 2014, are here: Grand County Map; Jackson County Map.
Are beetle-killed trees available for firewood?
Removing firewood or forestry products -- including beetle-killed trees -- from BLM-admininstered lands requires a permit, but you can use beetle-killed trees for firewood on public lands without a permit. For more information about firewood permits, contact the Kremmling Field Office, (970) 724-3000.
For more information on the mountain pine beetle epidemic, visit the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Bark Beetle website.