As many as 200 pines at Montana State University have died and must be cut down due to an infestation of mountain pine beetles, which are killing trees on campus, in surrounding communities, and many of the pine forests of the western U.S.
"Students, faculty, staff and visitors to MSU need to be prepared. The effects of this infestation are going to alter how some areas of the campus look," said Jon Ford, MSU manager of environmental services. "There is no way to sugarcoat this."
The infestation has affected approximately 6 percent of all 3,500 trees on the MSU campus. Most of the infested trees are on the campus margins, however some of the infested trees are spectacular, old pines in very visible places on campus and will be cut down.