EWF Blog



Fewer Beetles May Not Mean Fewer Concerns


by Susan Laszewski
These brown trees in Rocky Mountain National Park are casualties of the mountain pine beetle epidemic Once the numbers came in from the U.S. Forest Service’s annual aerial survey last month, people started to feel hopeful: The mountain pine beetle was declining in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. In fact, the beetle infected fewer acres in Colorado in 2013 than in any year since 1998. Through our Endangered Western Forests initiative, American Forests has been working to stem the tide of the mountain pine beetle. This native beetle ha... (Read More)



Video Break: Grizzly Bears


by the Loose Leaf team
It's break time! Take a 60-second time-out to watch these adorable grizzly bears — and learn about the threat to their food supply and how you can help. ... (Read More)



Younger Trees Better Repel Mountain Pine Beetle


by Lisa Swann
whitebark pine killed by mountain pine beetle A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder shows that younger trees with smoother bark are better at repelling the mountain pine beetle. The epidemic pine beetle attack has spread across western states since 1996, affecting millions of acres of forest, including those in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Colorado doctoral student Scott Ferrenberg, who led the study, noted that the mountain pine beetle had a har... (Read More)



Moose in the Mire: Part II


by Susan Laszewski
Moose and calf in British Columbia.Yesterday I wrote about the alarming decline of moose populations in the Northeast, especially in Vermont and New Hampshire. There, though many factors may be at play, winter ticks seem to be a primary culprit. But the Northeast is not alone in watching their moose populations decline. It’s been happening across North America, though the causes differ from area to area…or do they? In British Columbia, a report from Wildlife Infometr... (Read More)



Putting Pheromones to Work


by Susan Laszewski
A close-up of a mountain pine beetle.You might expect to find a blog post about how to use pheromones to their full potential on a dating blog, but we’re not talking about human pheromones. We’re talking about beetles. At American Forests, we’ve been using a synthetic version of the pheromone verbenone to repel the destructive mountain pine beetle from whitebark pine. The verbenone patches mimic that which the beetles give off to communicate to other beetles that the tr... (Read More)