By Timothy Hurst on February 4, 2011
The recent cold snap across the Rocky Mountains have many people wondering whether the cold temperatures will have any impact on the mountain pine beetle populations decimating the region’s lodgepole pine forests.
By Timothy Hurst on November 22, 2008
With the spark of a road flare, engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory lit its new, smoke-free Renewable Fuels Heating Plant today. The $3.3 million project is the Laboratory’s latest step toward operating as a net-zero energy facility. The RFHP will heat NREL’s South Table Mountain Campus laboratory buildings by [...]
By Timothy Hurst on April 28, 2008
A school district in the mountains of Northwestern Colorado is replacing its old coal-fired boilers with a system that will burn woody biomass – a suddenly plentiful resource – thanks to the region’s pine beetle epidemic that is threatening to kill off nearly all of the state’s lodgelpole pines in the next 3-5 years. The [...]
By Timothy Hurst on February 7, 2008
[This post was originally published at sustainablog on January 22, 2008. It is the first of two parts addressing the pine beetle epidemic in Colorado and what the mountain communities are doing about it. Part two can be found by clicking on this link] Colorado has 1.7 million acres of lodgepole pine forests. Though, if [...]