Forest Health http://kajx.org en Mountain Edition - February 27th, 2014 http://kajx.org/post/mountain-edition-february-27th-2014 <p>For Aspen athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics, their season isn’t over yet. Cross country ski sprinter Simi Hamilton says he has several races left.</p><p>Weeds are growing more abundantly on the White River National Forest as the agency grapples with budget cuts and fewer staff.</p><p>A Colorado Forest Service report shows the state’s forests continue to be hammered by insects and disease, especially at high altitudes.</p><p>Most skiers probably don’t realize Aspen Mountain is full of holes...from a history of mining. We’ll take you on a wintry history tour.</p><p>Finally, a group of “legally blind” skiers takes to the slopes at Snowmass. For these teenagers, the activity is empowering.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:27:22 +0000 Rob St. Mary & Marci Krivonen 14898 at http://kajx.org Mountain Edition - February 27th, 2014 Insects Still Threaten Private, Public Forests in Roaring Fork Valley http://kajx.org/post/insects-still-threaten-private-public-forests-roaring-fork-valley <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:45:44 +0000 Elise Thatcher 14871 at http://kajx.org Insects Still Threaten Private, Public Forests in Roaring Fork Valley Drought Linked to Spruce Beetle Outbreaks in Colorado's Northern Mountains http://kajx.org/post/drought-linked-spruce-beetle-outbreaks-colorados-northern-mountains <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Large swathes of spruce forests in the Northern Colorado mountains are dying due to the Spruce Beetle. Now, researchers are linking these massive beetle outbreaks to drought. The beetles&rsquo; impact on forests has the potential to be more devastating in Colorado than the mountain pine beetle. Aspen Public Radio&rsquo;s Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spoke with Sarah Hart, the lead author of the study. She says her team went over 300 years of drought data.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:55:32 +0000 Marci Krivonen 8729 at http://kajx.org Drought Linked to Spruce Beetle Outbreaks in Colorado's Northern Mountains