Mountain Pine Beetle Information & Programs
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.
Data, Maps, and Graphics:
- Clear Creek County Insect and Disease Map (PDF)
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Data Disclaimer (PDF)
- Download Insect Data from USDA Forest Service
- Colorado – 2008 Aerial Detection Survey (PDF)
- Colorado – 2008 Mountain Pine Beetle Activity in Colorado (PDF)
- Denver West 2008 Aerial Insect and Disease Survey (11.0 megabytes) (PDF)
- Colorado Department of Transportation ROW – Bark Beetle Damage 2006 (2.02 megabytes) (PDF)
- Arapaho and Roosevelt NF Progression Map 2001 through 2006 (6.26megabytes) (PDF)
- Clear Creek County Annual Assessment video 1996 to Present (559 kilobytes) (DOC)
- Clear Creek County Cumulative Assessment video 1996 to Present (516 kilobytes) (DOC)