Vail CO, Colorado
Turns out we’re not all that frightened by those dead, red trees snaking up the mountainsides behind Vail.
We’ll still have our aspens, after all.
We even find a little comfort in the idea that a slope sans pine trees could open up some wicked new views.
True, what can we really do about the bark beetle? Short of clearing away those blaze-ready, dead trees from neighborhoods, and recycling that dead wood into wood floors and building materials, there’s not much else to do it seems.
While other counties in the state are eager to get their logging trucks rolling again, Vail makes its money in part on its beautiful, lush forests. A survey conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois so far show locals are rightfully worried about how losing a significant part of Vail’s alpine forest will affect our local economy.
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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
But the early results show we aren’t too concerned the bark beetle’s impact on our valley. Despite this, other communities, where the epidemic is farther along, have lost almost 90 percent of their alpine forests to the bark beetle.
Perhaps we can afford to be a little more worried.
” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board