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Missing the Forest and the Trees – July 26, 2013

Photojournalism project reveals how pine beetles are destroying western forests

Seventeen years ago a historic mountain pine beetle infestation quietly began in North America’s lodgepole pine forests. Since then, lodgepole pines have been dying off in unprecedented numbers throughout the western United States and Canada. Entire forests – including a combined 4 million acres in Colorado and Wyoming – have been destroyed.

photo of a mountain landscapeAll photos by Steven DeWittWidespread Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation – Gore Mountain Range, Colorado
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One of the oldest native species in North America, the lodgepole pine dominates subalpine areas like… more

by: Steven DeWitt

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