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Spruce Beetles and the Future of our Forest

November 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Spruce skeletonsAccording to the Colorado State Forest Service, the spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) is responsible for the death of more spruce trees in North America than any other natural agent. Many foresters agree that the spruce beetle population has reached epidemic proportions in our region.

As part of our series on spruce beetle education, USFS Silviculturist Alex Rudney will present on the progress of the spruce beetle outbreak in the San Isabel National Forest, particularly on Monarch Pass, discuss spruce beetle biology and life cycles, and look at the probable future of the high elevation spruce forests in and around Chaffee County. Alex will touch upon overall forest health and how it relates the Hayden Pass fire.

Learn more about the spruce beetle in Colorado on our resources page.


Alex Rudney is a silviculturist with the US Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest stationed in Salida. The San Isabel National Forest covers the area from Tennessee Pass south to the Spanish Peaks. Alex has worked for the USFS in Forestry for 26 years in California and Colorado including 13 years in Salida. Alex attended Colorado State University and received a BS in Natural Resources Management in 1992.

The program will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Salida, Fellowship Hall.


The cost of the program is $5 for GARNA members, $7 for non members. Online registration is now closed. Tickets will be sold at the door (cash or check only).


November 10, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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First Presbyterian Church of Salida-Fellowship Hall
7 Poncha Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201



Many GARNA programs require a liability release form be filled out each calendar year.

Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.