Drought in 2001-2002 Fueled Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak, New Study Confirms

Climate, Forests and Woodlands November 09, 2012|Print

Results of a new study show that episodes of reduced precipitation in the Southern Rocky Mountains, especially during the 2001-2002 drought, greatly accelerated a rise in numbers of mountain pine beetles. The overabundance is a threat to regional forests. The research is the first to chart the evolution of the current pine beetle epidemic in the southern Rocky Mountains.

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