Steamboat briefs: Bark beetle video series to be shown at Chief Theater 

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The U.S. Forest Service and University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute will host a free public screening of their video series, “Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles,” at 7 p.m. Wednesdat at the Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs.

The series consists of 10 short videos exploring effects of and responses to the recent mountain pine beetle outbreak in local forests. The films, all of which take place in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, highlight impacted user groups and areas, as well as share actions the U.S. Forest Service and others are taking to respond to the outbreak.

The videos take viewers to meet hunters, rock climbers, fire lookouts, city water managers, foresters, volunteers from SmartWool and many other diverse characters who are dealing with the effects of bark beetles. Locations include the Bear River Corridor, Sierra Madre, Hahns Peak Lake, Rob Roy Reservoir, Vedauwoo and others.

Acclaimed videographer Morgan Heim shot and produced the videos.

The showing will last approximately 1.5 hours. Local Forest Service staff and some of those involved in the making of the series will be present to answer questions about the project.

Beginning Thursday afternoon, all 10 videos will be housed on the website, http://beyondbarkbeetles.org, and will be available for public viewing and sharing from that location.

The Steamboat Springs showing is made possible with the support of Yampatika and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

Jeff Lambart graduates from Boston College

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Jeff Lambart

Jeff Lambart graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the honors program at Boston College on May 19. A 2010 graduate and valedictorian from Steamboat Springs High School, he received his bachelor’s degree in international studies with an emphasis in international security and a minor in economics and was inducted into the International Honor Society in Economics. Lambert also received the Robert Sherwood leadership and service award from Boston College for his work as president of the College Bound mentors program, helping underserved urban high school students gain access to colleges. He is remaining in the Boston area after graduation, working for a global company in their social and economic policy division.

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