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Thursday Lecture Series: Exploring Spruce Beetles

January 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our Upper Arkansas Valley forests are a beautiful and important part of the environment we live in. According 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. One trip up Monarch Pass will show that the spruce beetle population has reached epidemic proportions in our region. For the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s series on spruce beetle education, USFS Silviculturist Alex Rudney and Colorado State Forest Service Forester JT Shaver 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 and JT’s combined experience includes over 30 years of forestry in California and in or near the San Isabel, White River and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests of Colorado.

The program will be held on Thursday, January 9 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Salida, 7 Poncha Blvd.

Click here to register for the lecture.

Cost:  $3 for GARNA members, $6 for non-members. All fees support important stewardship efforts in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

There will be a follow up field experience on January 17, to investigate spruce trees and signs of beetles and their effects. The field trip will be during the free Ski with a Naturalist Tour at Monarch Mountain at 11 a.m. on  Friday, January 17th. A ski pass, gear, and ability to ski are all required for this free tour. No registration required.

Please contact GARNA at info@garna.org or 539-5106 with any questions.



January 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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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.