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Another wave of bugs?

LaVA sets to regrow forest, spruce budworm, western balsam bark beetle enters the stage

 

Photo courtesy of United States Forest Service

The orange tinge of conifer trees is a sign of attack by the Western Balsam Bark Beetle.

"In my lifetime as a silviculturist, the stuff I'm doing now, I will not see that stand in my lifetime."

While many people might have a five-year-plan or a 10-year-plan, Joshua Peck has to have a 100-year-plan. That's because Peck works at the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District for the US Forest Service (USFS) as its silviculturist. To put it plainly, his job is timber management.

"I really like to see management happen and I like to see healthy forests. I enjoy being out in the woods on my personal time and it's important to me to continue that value," said Peck.

Peck has lived in the Vall...



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