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Bark Beetles Films Explore Changes in Wyoming Forests

August 19, 2014

Short films exploring the recent bark beetle outbreak in Wyoming will be shown Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at Hotel Terra in Teton Village. The event is free and open to the public.

The 10 films in the series, titled “Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles,” were produced by the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and the University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources. 

The films introduce viewers to foresters, volunteers, hunters, rock climbers, fire lookouts, city water managers and other diverse individuals who deal with effects of bark beetles. The films show ways Forest Service personnel and members of the public who use the forests are responding to transformations of local forests.

From a light-hearted cartoon about an individual beetle’s life cycle to a lyrical vignette following harvested beetle-kill through a sawmill, the series looks at the bark beetle outbreak from many different angles.

UW and the Forest Service produced the videos to help the public better understand the bark beetle outbreak and its complexities. By sharing resources and expertise, the partnership resulted in a series of videos neither entity would have been able to create alone.

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. Acclaimed videographer Morgan Heim shot and edited the videos.

For more information, contact Emilene Ostlind, Ruckelshaus Institute communications coordinator, (307) 766-2604, or

Bark beetles have caused widespread destruction in Wyoming and Colorado forests. A new series of films exploring the bark beetle outbreak in Wyoming forests can be seen Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at Hotel Terra in Teton Village. (Ruckelshaus Institute)

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