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Mountain Pine Beetle Update

Preventive spraying of selected pine trees in Rocky Mountain National Park to repel beetle attacks has proven to be extremely successful. Though funds were available for spraying only a small percentage of the Park’s forest, those trees sprayed around the campgrounds and headquarters areas the past two years have not been attacked at beetles. Similar success rates have been experienced on several large properties east of Estes Park on McGraw Road. In both cases trees that had been sprayed the past two years have not been attacked by beetles.

The beetle infestation of trees in the Estes Valley area probably has not peaked, and residents who wish to protect their high value trees on their properties should consider spraying them. Now is the time to begin planning for their protection this coming season. To this end the spray companies listed below have agreed to begin their spraying season for beetle protection in the Estes Valley this May, adjusting their spray mixture accordingly. Thus preventive spraying can begin this May and continue through to the end of July.

Arbor Care Plus-Loveland-970-397-3056
Colorado Lawn and Tree Service-Loveland-970-622-9413
Davey Tree Care-Boulder-303-449-2525
Fine Tree Service-Ft. Collins-970-377-2851
Ft. Collins Tree Care-Ft. Collins-970-484-3084
Hill’s Landscape Service-Ft. Collins-970-690-0470
Horizon Forestry-Boulder-970-577-6154
Kincade Tree Surgery Co.-Ft. Collins-970-484-8733
Swingle Tree & Lawn-Ft. Collins-970-663-2071

Inspections of trees suspected of beetle attacks can be arranged by contacting Tracey Feagens of the Town of Estes Park at 577-3588, who will arrange for a member of the Beetle Busters to inspect the trees. Other agencies who inspect for beetle trees are the Larimer County Forester at 498-5765 and Colorado State Forest Service at 491-8600. Residents who find beetle trees on their property can dispose of them in the Town of Estes Park’s Air Curtain facility located on Elm Road.

Interested residents should plan to attend the Estes Park Tree Symposium to be held in the Estes Park Conference Center on May 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (see previous page for details).

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