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USFS and UW Ruckelshaus Institute to Premiere Bark Beetle Video Series

April 22, 2014 — The U.S. Forest Service and University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute will host a premiere public screening of their collaborative video series, “Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles,” Tuesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the UW Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center. Admission is free.

“Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles” is a series of 10 short videos exploring effects of and responses to the recent mountain pine beetle outbreak in local forests. The films, all of which take place in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, highlight impacted user groups and areas, as well as share actions the U.S. Forest Service and others are taking to respond to the outbreak.

The videos take viewers to meet hunters, rock climbers, fire lookouts, city water managers, foresters, volunteers and many other individuals who are dealing with effects of bark beetles. Locations include Laramie Peak, Vedauwoo, the Sierra Madre, Hahn’s Peak Lake and others.

Acclaimed videographer Morgan Heim shot and produced the videos.

The showing will last approximately 1.5 hours, and the people involved in making the series will be there to talk about the project.

“This video series is one piece of a multi-pronged project to help people better understand the bark beetle epidemic that has included a public speaker series, publication of an annotated bibliography for forest managers, and creating a library of forest photos for various uses,” says Emilene Ostlind, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources communications coordinator.

An additional public showing of the videos is planned for late May in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Ultimately, all 10 videos will be housed on a soon-to-be-announced website, and will be available for public viewing and sharing from that location.

The project is a partnership between the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and the UW Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist Tony Mong uses radio telemetry to track how elk and hunters change the way they move through forests as the trees die and topple following the bark beetle outbreak.

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