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Scholars to address pine beetle epidemic

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” The second in the new Roaring Fork Cultural Council dialogue series will address the global and local implications of Colorado’s mountain pine beetle epidemic, Saturday, March 28, at the Thunder River Theatre.

Addressing the topic will be John Bennett, executive director of For the Forest, and Dr. William Murray, professor of microbiology at San Jose State University. Both Bennett and Murray have been working on forest health and stewardship issues in the area.

The evening will include a showing of Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Greg Poschman’s short film “For the Forest” and a discussion among Bennett, Murray and Roaring Fork Cultural Council co-chairman Jim Calaway on what people can do to protect their own backyards and the national forest from pine beetles.

The council aims to bring nationally and internationally known figures to the Roaring Fork Valley, speaking on cultural, political and ecological issues in their areas of expertise.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Thunder River Theatre, located at 67 Promenade in Carbondale. Tickets are $10, and seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at

The event is presented in partnership with Colorado Mountain College and Thunder River Theatre.

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