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Mountain Pine Beetles
March 31, 2013--Are Colorado’s majestic high country spruce forests next on the bark beetle hit list? (Summit Voice)
The mountain pine beetle epidemic has run its course in the Colorado high country, but there’s a new bug on the rise. Spruce beetles have killed huge swaths of mature spruce beetles in southwestern Colorado, especially on the Rio Grande National Forest — and they appear to be moving north.
An annual aerial survey of forest health in Colorado shows the mountain pine beetle epidemic is slowing dramatically, but the spruce beetle outbreak is expanding, forest officials said Wednesday. The mountain pine beetle epidemic has spread by 31,000 acres, down from an increase of 140,000 acres reported last year, the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service said.
In another Science Daily article, new research indicates that a combination of drought and mountain pine beetle attacks are the primary forces that have killed more than 2.5 million acres of
June 27, 2012--Dying trees in southwest set stage for erosion, water loss in Colorado River (Science Daily)
New research concludes that a one-two punch of drought and mountain pine beetle attacks are the primary forces that have killed more than 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees in the American Southwest during the past 15 years, setting the stage for further ecological disruption.
March 14, 2012--Discovery of pine beetles breeding twice in a year helps explain increasing damage, CU researchers say (North Forty News)
Long thought to produce only one generation of tree-killing offspring annually, some populations of mountain pine beetles now produce two generations per year, dramatically increasing the potential for the bugs to kill lodgepole and ponderosa pine trees, University of Colorado Boulder researchers have found.
As if the pine beetle outbreak weren’t bad enough, there’s new evidence to suggest that widespread forest clearing can change precipitation patterns on regional scale, tilting climate toward drought conditions.
A new University of Colorado Boulder study indicates the infestation of trees by mountain pine beetles in the High Country across the West could potentially trigger earlier snowmelt and increase water yields from snowpack that accumulates beneath affected trees.
It was known early on that the 4 million acres of lodgepole pine infested by the beetle in Colorado and southern Wyoming would drastically change the landscape. The most obvious danger was the dead trees themselves, that unless removed, presented falling hazards for forest users.
Cal Wettstein presides over a sea of dead and dying trees the size of Connecticut. Across his domain, hillsides blanketed with lodgepole pines are in the final throes -- their needles are turning red, or their trunks are tipping precariously to one side. Others are already rotting on the forest floor.
The mountain pine beetles that have ravaged about 3 million acres of Colorado and southern Wyoming forests may be exhausting their primary food source — raising the prospect that the beetle epidemic could end, state and federal foresters said this week. Regeneration of decimated forests has begun as the U.S. Forest Service hires loggers to remove dead trees.