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Ruckelshaus Institute|Beyond Bark Beetles

Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles

Update: The film "Mountain Pine Beetle," from the "Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles" 10-part video series, has been accepted into the 2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival, taking place in Nevada City, California, January 15-18, 2015.

Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles video series, 2014

“Introducing Dendroctonus ponderosae, a tiny bug, smaller than a rice grain. For the last 15 years or so, these bugs have been living it up.”

So begins a new short-film series exploring the recent bark beetle outbreak in local forests. Click on the above image to watch the series.

2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival Mountain Pine BeetleThe ten videos, produced by the University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, investigate how the recent bark beetle outbreak is changing the forests. Meet a range of characters and learn how Forest Service personnel and members of the public who use the forests are responding to changes. All the videos were filmed in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests in Wyoming and Colorado. Locations include the Sierra Madre, Vedauwoo, Laramie Peak, and others.

Watch the films at

To request a DVD and script to host a screening in your community, email Emilene Ostlind at

Acclaimed videographer Morgan Heim shot and edited the videos. Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Public Affairs Officer Aaron Voos and Ruckelshaus Institute Editor Emilene Ostlind coordinated and produced the film series. Read more about the collaboration here.

Read an article from High Country News about the bark beetle video series here.

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