There are approximately 3.8 million acres of Wyoming’s forests that are impacted by either mountain pine beetle or spruce bark beetle. The lumber value of bug-killed dead-standing timber deteriorates the longer it remains unharvested. In many areas, active management of the forest is the quickest and most effective way to maintain these forests for future generations. Currently there is not the milling capacity in the state to deal effectively with the problem. Over the last 20 years here has been a general decline in the forest products industry in the state. Through the Governor’s Task Force on Forests, this initiative will look at opportunities for developing traditional and nontraditional forest product niche industries, focusing on cost effective and economically sound solutions, while encouraging the US Forest Service to increase their harvesting and management program.
Long term sustainability of all types of existing mills in the state (saw, log home/furniture, wood pellets, mulch, post and pole, etc.) Solid long-term wood fiber program on the Medicine Bow, Bridger-Teton, Big Horn, and Black Hills National Forests. Development of several small scale wood-to-energy facilities across the state. Measurable progress on improving the health & resiliency of beetle-killed areas of the state.
Wyoming State Forestry Division
Business Council, Game & Fish, Governor’s Policy Office, Department of Agriculture