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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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Whitebark Pine is important to the ecosystem

Dying Whitebark Pine Next Harbinger of Climate Change

Throughout the western United States, the Whitebark Pine is dying. Whitebark pine grows at high altitudes through western North America and is an important part of the ecosystem, supporting animals that such as grizzly bears, elk, and grouse that eat its seeds, as well as animals that seek shelter beneath the tree. According to a report in the Natural Resources…

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