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Climate Change-Fueled Forest Loss in Colorado Shows Need for More Wilderness Protections – August 19, 2014

Connected preserves especially important as pine beetle continues to wreak havoc

As conservationists prepare to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, there’s also a measure of hand-wringing occurring as some people question whether wilderness protections even make sense given the new challenge of climate change.

For land preservationists here in Colorado, the answer to that question is an unambiguous YES. As the planet warms the need for wilderness designation is more important than ever, especially as ecosystems confront unprecedented threats.

pine bettle infested lodgepole forestAll photos by Steven DeWittMany forests in Colorado are being impacted by epidemic insect infestations.

In the Central Mountains of Colorado, citizens have come together in… more

by: Steven DeWitt

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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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