Mountain Pine Beetle: Little bug, big reach
This tiny beetle, no bigger than a rice grain, has exploded in numbers and swept through our western forests, killing trees and altering ecosystems. But have you ever taken the time to get to know this miniature inhabitant of our forests? Beetles are a native species, with a complex life cycle. They have been part of our forests for millennia.
Mountain pine beetles have killed most mature pines across nearly 100,000 square miles in western North America. Now, in parts of Colorado and Wyoming, they're running out of suitable trees.
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Emilene Ostlind and Aaron Voos
Dave Steinke, Public Affairs Specialist, Rocky Mountain Region, U.S. Forest Service
Morgan Heim and Joe Riis/U.S. Forest Service
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