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Forests devastated by pine beetle infestation may not release the huge flux of carbon as once feared

Forest Carbon Release from Pine Beetle Infestation Not as Severe as Expected

As large swaths of western forests in North America succumb to pine beetle infestation, due in part to warming winters, preliminary studies show that the dead, decaying trees are not releasing the huge flux of CO2 previously feared by scientists. According to a study just released in the journal Ecology Letters, despite the billions of trees killed in the pine beetle infestation…

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Climate Change and Tree Migration

This video from AccuWeather gives a brief outline of how may tree species are migrating northward and to higher elevation in response to climate change. Often this migration leaves trees vulnerable to pests such as the Mountain Pine Beetle. Many forests, particularly in the western North America, have been decimated by infestations. Related articles Bark beetles, climate change and our future…

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Forests devastated by pine beetle infestation may not release the huge flux of carbon as once feared

Alberta Adopts Low-Tech Approach to Managing Pine Beetle Infestation

For years the Mountain Pine Beetle has been emblematic of the consequences of climate change for the western forests of North America. Forests from Colorado up through British Columbia have been ravaged by invading armies of pine beetles that thrive in the warmer and shorter winters at higher altitudes. One third of the forests in British Columbia have fallen to…

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Bark beetle infestation devastates forest in the White Mountains of Arizona

Bark Beetle Outbreaks Will Spread as Forests Adapt to Climate Change

Mountain pine bark beetle infestation has brought devastation throughout the forests of the American west in recent years. In the face of a changing climate, especially in the high mountain forests of the Sierra, Rocky, and Cascade mountain ranges, the pine beetle has killed large swaths of Whitebark Pine as warmer winters allow the beetle to survive and multiply, leaving…

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Considers Whitebark Pine for Inclusion on Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed yesterday to review the status of the Whitebark Pine for possible inclusion on the endangered species list. Whitebark Pine is found in the mountains of the Pacific Coast, from Washington State south to central California  and in the Rocky Mountains from Idaho to Nevada. As we wrote in a previous post on the…

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