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Spruce Budworms Latest Threat to Forest

Written by on May 10, 2017

The latest threat to the forest isn’t pine bark beetles – it’s budworms.

The Budworm Response Project is a proposed vegetation management project responding to the spruce budworm epidemic in the Crandall area of the Clarks Fork Ranger District.

Kristie Salzmann with the Shoshone National Forest says that about two years ago, an entomologist determined that the forest was indeed experiencing an epidemic from the spruce budworm. But she says this epidemic is different from the last infestation, pine bark beetles, in how they make the trees look after they’ve moved in.

The North Zone of the Shoshone National Forest will hold a public meeting from 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, May 18th to provide an update on the Budworm Response Project. This meeting will be held in Grizzly Hall at the Park County Library, and will focus on explaining what the next steps will be, a discussion of what to expect during project activities, and an update on the Draft Environmental Assessment.

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