Public Meeting Regarding Drought and Insects

PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD REGARDING DROUGHT AND INSECTS AFFECTING TREES IN SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS
To address questions and concerns about the recent bark beetle outbreak causing significant tree mortality in the Sacramento Mountains, an informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. The latest updated information along with potential management and ecological effects of current bark beetle populations will be discussed.

Who: The Greater Ruidoso Wildland Urban Interface Working Group; the Village of Ruidoso; the Mescalero Apache Tribe; USDA Forest Service; the New Mexico State Forestry Division

What: Insect and disease Information Meeting

When: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Where: The Ruidoso Convention Center – 111 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM

Local, state, federal and tribal representatives will be on hand to discuss the current situation and answer questions from the public.

Current information on aerial surveys and insects and diseases in the Southwest, are available at the USFS Forest Health webpage, www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/foresthealth. For more information please contact Andrew Sánchez Meador at 575-434-7200 or New Mexico State Forestry at 505-476-3351 or 575-354-2231.
Information is also available on the Lincoln National Forest and New Mexico State Forestry Division websites
at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln or www.nmforestry.com.

  • The Holistic Way to Kill Bark Beetles

    Herbal tea may soothe your nerves, but it’s
    stinky stuff if you’re a bark beetle. So say U.S. Forest Service
    scientists who have found that sprinkling tiny flakes of tea containing
    the pheromone verbenone over lodgepole pine forests reduces the number
    of beetle-killed trees by two-thirds, according to The Washington Post.
    The pheromone tricks the beetles into thinking that a tree is crowded,
    so they move on.

    In Colorado, nearly two million acres of forests have been killed by
    beetles, and helicopters are a relatively inexpensive way to spread the
    tea.

    But before you become a homeopathic bug killer, consider the wisdom of
    the Coloradoan’s naturalist, Kevin Cook,
    a man who appreciates the natural cycle of life, death, and
    rejuvenation in Colorado’s forests, including that of bark beetles.