July through September,
The Spruce Budworm,
when this worm turns it goes from being strong and confident to being
See below for the ongoing story of the worm.
This year we again attended two nights of the
Grand Teton Music Festival.
We camped in our RV at the
Gros Ventre Campground
in Grand Teton Park.
One morning our breakfast was interrupted by a bull moose wandering
through the campground.
We retreated to the RV and watched as it walked by on its way to a
it appeared the
would be as bad in 2013 as it was in
In 2007 a number of our neighbors decided to spray,
which turned out to be a
This year saw the same scenario play out:
we woke to hear the sound of an airplane buzzing the canyon at low altitude.
A trail of mist followed the airplane,
often extending over properties that did not want spraying.
along with what appears to the be the majority of the canyon,
were not happy that no advance notice was given since there are many
including spooked livestock,
dangers to those with compromised immune systems and damage to other
species of moths and butterflies.
It appears that the problem again resolved itself naturally,
as shown in our own
Our feeling is that protecting large tracts of trees from a naturally
occurring pest is best done by maintaining a healthy forest rather than
As Summer gets drier,
forest fires are a problem.
Several fires have started south of Bozeman
(all lightning caused),
and the smoke is visible from our house when the wind is right.
means the wind is blowing smoke away from us so the air is clear enough
This is a relatively small fire about 20 or 30 miles from us.
Another smaller fire is burning to the right
Since these fires do not threaten many structures and
fire fighters have been sequestered,
there are limited resources being applied.
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