Wyoming US Senator's bill claims to target beetle kill in Wyoming; others say he is really interested in a public lands giveaway

Barrasso bill targets beetle kill. By Brodie Farquhar. Casper Star-Tribune correspondent.

Whatever his motives, logging has never stopped any of the current beetle kill which is taking place all over the Rocky Mountains. That’s because beetles are not the ultimate cause; it’s the warming climate. The winters are no longer cold enough to kill beetle infestations.

People don’t realize it, but most of the coninferous forests are going to die and then burn to be replaced by something else — what is not clear.



  1. Dan Stebbins Avatar

    This is a sham.

    The only way to stop the pine bark beetle is for consistent -30 F temperatures for a couple of weeks or a forest fire. Maybe the Wyoming senator should try studying the cause of the problem first.

  2. Mack P. Bray Avatar
    Mack P. Bray

    I was curious about the genesis of this bill – who’s idea was it – so I called Senator Barrasso at 1-202-224-6441; Maggie Beal is who I needed to speak with; she wasn’t in (I’ll continue to try to reach her after the holidays) but I did have an “enlightening” conversation with Brian Clifford, who specializes in the Endangered Species Act. Brian is from Long Island and has never been to Wyoming. That should give you a hint as to his level of on-the-ground experience. I gave him a free, yet brief education about delisting wolves, etc.

    Folks, we’ve been in trouble, we’re still in trouble and unless we get some representation at local, state and federal levels, we’ll continue to be in trouble.

    As always, in my opinion, our issues will be resolved only at the voting booth and the courthouse.

    Mack P. Bray
    My opinions are my own



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