Pine Beetle Wood Use

September, 2010 Roundtable Review

BeetleFest 2010 update

Jaime Harmon announced that 14 beetle kill related vendors will be participating in the third annual BeetleFest Saturday, September 11th.
 
Haiti transitional shelters project

Lyle Laverty announced the first phase of the Salvation Army-sponsored project in Haiti has been completed. The shelters, whose wood framing is comprised of beetle kill lodgepole milled at the Intermountain Resources facility in Montrose, are being constructed on 10 x 20’ footprints and have a three to ten year lifespan.
Lyle Laverty, 720-490-6878; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Colorado Beetlekill & Cement Building Block Prototype

Brian Guhl, of Green Again, showcased a building block prototype comprised of beetle kill chips and concrete (at an 85% to 15% ratio). The blocks, which provide R40 insulation, cost $3 each to produce. Brian has acquired the former 12,000 square foot former Budweiser distribution warehouse in Idaho Springs to set up a production line. He is seeking additional investors to purchase a $25,000 block production machine and a $35,000 wood chipper.
Brian Guhl, 303-725-2249; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
USFS/Denver Water Forest to Faucet Partnership

Dillon District Ranger Jan Cutts and Denver Water Environmental Planning Manager
Paula Daukas provided an overview of a $33 million “Forest to Faucet” partnership, which involves a five year operating plan indentifying 33,000 acres for treatment, including 6,500 acres in Summit County. Areas surrounding the Strontia Springs reservoir along the South Platte in Jefferson County are included in the first phase of the plan, with work set to begin in 2011. Denver Water is now engaged in a project to dredge at least 625,000 cubic yards of sediment, a result of the May 1996 Buffalo Creek fire and subsequent heavy rains. The Four Mile Fire represents a teachable moment about the value of fuel reduction activities in relation to fire suppression costs and the loss homes and property as well as an oppotrtunity to develop relationships and dialog with landowners adjacent to the national forest. Click here: Forest-to-Faucet Partnership
Jan Cutts 970-262-3451; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Don Kennedy, Denver Water, 303-628-6528; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Colorado Blue Pine Product Catalog Project

The forest health task force is in the process of creating an online portal that identifies companies supplying beetle kill wood products. The goal is to raise awareness among architectural, engineering, interior design, commercial/residential development firms about the availability and utility of wood salvaged from area lodgepole and ponderosa pine forests. Currently, 90% of wood at Colorado lumber dealers is sourced from outside the state.
Sandy Briggs, 970-389-0987; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Howard Hallman, 719-491-1807; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it