2008-07-02

Imagine life without a forest to love


A drive to Denver these days is an eye-opening, and disheartening, experience.

For miles along the I-70 corridor the pine trees are red instead of green. They are red because they are dead. Millions of trees, perhaps millions of acres of forest have succumbed to a little bug – the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB).

Driving through Silverthorne and Vail every pine tree in every yard and on every golf course is dead. It is the most bizarre sight I have ever seen in my life – and one of the most dangerous – one spark and this vast forest of standing dead wood is going to go up in a fire of Biblical proportions.