The Mountain Pine Beetle (MBP) has devastated millions of acres across the West's vast forest ecosystems. The outbreak has produced epidemic levels of beetle populations that are attacking Lodgepole, Limber, Bristlecone and Ponderosa Pine. While the past methodology for treatment and mitigation have proven effective in protecting trees and reducing impacts, the current outbreak has been resilient to any of these techniques on a long term basis. Read additional information about MPB, signs, symptoms, control, and prevention.
It is estimated that 95% of Lodgepole Pine will be dead within three to five years, equivalent to 27% of Clear Creek County's forests. There has been a great discussion by various organizations at the federal, state and local level, that MPB will impact pure stands of Ponderosa Pine as they have in the Lodgepole Pine ecosystem.
Clear Creek County is offering various programs to help citizens with forest mitigation. These programs are:
Rental of a six-foot Vermeer wood chipper
Site visits to perform tree marking and property assessment for forest mitigation and fuels reduction
For further information, please call the Clear Creek County Site Development Department at (303) 679-2421 or for additional resources, please view the following resources.