Regeneration: A forest remembers
As we observe and respond to the bark beetle outbreak in our forests today, we can draw from similar experiences in the past. Other insect infestations, including from bark beetles, have happened in our forests before. Looking back at such events provides perspective as we try to respond responsibly, and shows us a window into what our forests might look like as they recover.
In the 1940s and 50s spruce beetles infested the Flat Tops on the Routt and White River National Forests.
Today, tree stands there are younger, more diverse, and less affected by recent beetle outbreaks than in surrounding areas.
Morgan Heim, Aaron Voos, and Emilene Ostlind
Joe Riis/U.S. Forest Service
“Sneewland,” Oscar Schuster
“Eileen,” Lee Rosevere
“The Fresh Monday,” Dexter Britain