Below is an image of the very first Bouillez Acoustics patent pending
Beta acoustic guitar built from over 90% beetle kill pine. The image
demonstrates the wood's unique color and patterns not found in other
camping in June of 2012 in Pingree Park about 2 hours north west of
Loveland, we had just finished eating breakfast when a fellow camper
stopped by and said we should leave and pointed at this picture. This
fire devoured 259 homes and over 87,000 acres. It started from a
lightning strike that happened 3 days before and smoldered until heat
and wind got it going. This one took 21 days to contain. About 20% of
the area that burned was dead trees that were infested with the pine
The photo below was taken about 3 miles north of Longdraw Reservior in 2012. The location is also just north of the border on Rocky Mountain National Park. Every gray and orange tree you see in this image has sucummed to the mountain pine beetle. Most of them have been dead for 5 to 10 years. My guess is that only 5% of the trees you see are still alive, most of those are under 10 years old and very young. Unbelievable!
Healthy forests are vital to the long-term health of Colorado's environment and economy. Forests provide clean water to Coloradans (and 18 other states) and filter our air. They also provide opportunities for recreation, including skiing, which is a $2 billion industry in our state.
However, these forests are threatened by diseases, fires and insects such as the mountain pine beetle. For instance, the mountain pine beetle will kill all of the mature lodge pole pine in Colorado in the next two to four years.
One way to reduce the impacts from these threats is through active forest management. By proactively developing markets for forest materials, fuel loads will be reduced, Coloradans can provide wood products for themselves, and the risks to life and property may be drastically reduced.