2011-03-03

Beetles put lodgepole in lasting decline, study says

With all the trees that have fallen victim to the mountain pine beetle during the past decade in Northern Colorado, a study showing the lodgepole pine is now in a state of permanent decline here due to climate change may not come as a shock.

The study, conducted by forestry scientists Nicholas Coops at the University of British Columbia and Richard Waring at Oregon State University, was published in February in the journal "Climatic Change."

Waring and Coops conclude that the lodgepole pine, one the most dominant and beetle-stricken pine species in the Northern Colorado mountains, will be able to survive in only 17 percent of its current range from Canada to Colorado by 2080.