2010-09-15

New study shows beetle kills will grow with warming climate

The results of a recent Forest Service research study that shows beetle infestations will grow as western forests get warmer shouldn’t be a surprise.

But the ecological impact of the death of billions of coniferous trees from Mexico to Alaska is only beginning to be understood. The researchers show that the spruce and mountain pine beetles will thrive under the conditions forecast for climate change.

We already have seen this from Colorado up into British Columbia and in the higher elevations where species like whitebark pine are facing bettle kills they’ve not seen before.