Aerial spraying to fight moth infestation in mountains west of city
The two culprits are the Douglas-fir tussock moth and western spruce budworm. “Their activity causes thousands of trees to become defoliated, or have the needles eaten down to the branch or twig,” a press release states. “These trees are brown and 'appear dead,' although many may not be.”
"The city has hired Frontier Helicopter, which will use a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter to apply a biological control pesticide treatment,” the release continues. The operation is estimated to last 7 to 10 days, weather-dependent.
Affected areas will include parts of North Cheyenne Canyon, Blodgett Peak Open Space, Jones Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. This will also mean road and trail closures “for short periods of time during treatment,” the release adds.
For more information and a map of the spray area, go to coloradosprings.gov/tussock.
From a press release