2011-10-30

Scientists: Despite beetle epidemic, forest resilient

University of Wyoming professor Dan Tinker clicked the power point slide at Friday's Future Forests Summit to bring up a grim photograph.

Reminiscent of scenes from movies set in post apocalyptic worlds, the image showed a forest so destroyed by wind and fire that only a few hopeless stumps still stood, silhouetted against the sky.

It was a photo of Yellowstone National Park in the wake of the 1988 wildfire.