Bark Beetle Infestation in Greater Yellowstone Area Subject of Talk at AMK Ranch

June 25, 2010

Consequences of bark beetle outbreaks in the Greater Yellowstone Area is the topic for the summer seminar series Thursday, July 1, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Jake Griffin from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will discuss how bark beetles cause rapid tree death at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

Western North America is experiencing the most extensive and severe bark beetle outbreak in history, an outbreak that affects a wide array of forest ecosystem dynamics. Griffin will discuss his findings regarding the pros and cons of post-beetle outbreak management in terms of risk of crown fire and soil nitrogen factors.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Area.

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