Photos: Drought, bugs battering Lincoln forest piñons

April 4th, 2012 at 11:48 am by under Latest Posts

The Lincoln National Forest is planning a lecture next week on what the combination of drought and insects are doing to damage the forest particularly around the community of High Rolls.

The Sacramento Ranger District a year ago set up a fuel-moisture monitoring site along West Side Road near High Rolls to track lives trees and help quantify the fire hazard.

The monitoring is part of an ongoing effort to understand the decline of forest health and to develop ways including thinning to combat the insect infestation, according to a statement from forest officials.

Discussion of the research will be part of the lecture planned for Thursday, April 12, from 6-7 p.m. at the district ranger office, 4 Lost Lodge Road in Cloudcroft.

Private landowners with questions about the decline of piñons on their property can also contact New Mexico State Forestry at (575) 354-2331, according to the statement.

The Forest Service also maintains a Forest Health webpage with current information on insects and diseases in the Southwest.

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Online from KRQE News 13: Fire coverage, official updates and preparedness resources in the KRQE.com Wildfires section.

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