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Old 04-03-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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My family one day wants to move to Colorado. Ideally it would be great to go to Estes Park, but it seems to be very expensive. Anyway, I was wondering if Pine Beetles are still a major problem. I remember hearing about them in 2008 and how they were killing a lot of the trees around the state and others. If they are still posing a problem, is the government trying to figure out a way to keep them under control, and if so how?

Anyway, thanks in advance!!!
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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No, not unless you consider the destruction of an entire forest a major problem.
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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There is no way to control them now. It is a major problem, no question.
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:43 PM
 
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And not just in Colorado, but essentially all of the Rocky Mountains, clear north into British Columbia and Alberta. The mountain pine beetle infestation is truly becoming a cataclysmic size ecological event for the mountain areas of the whole Rocky Mountain chain.

Do a search, by the way--there is a very long thread on this forum.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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It's almost over, not many trees left for them to chew on.

Then come the fires, increased winds, changed local weather patterns and erosion.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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From what I've come to understand the pine beetles are more of a symptom than a cause. Our lodgepole pine forests were very sickly even before the beetle epidemic arrived and the beetles are simply finishing the forest off.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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From what I've come to understand the pine beetles are more of a symptom than a cause. Our lodgepole pine forests were very sickly even before the beetle epidemic arrived and the beetles are simply finishing the forest off.
Good point.

The pine beetle problem is a symptom of 100 years of fire suppression. If you had a city or town of largely elderly people, (such as a retirement community) you may also have a high death rate.

The younger lodgepole forests (such as the areas that have recovered from the Yellowstone fires are not nearly as affected.

Of course the other problem (well not really a problem, it is what it is) is that Rocky Mountain forests are just not that biologically diverse: Naturally you have about 2-3 times as many different trees in a typical deciduous forest in Michigan as you do in the Rocky mountains. Rocky mountain forests have evolved with the inconsistent precipitation and higher fire frequency, and therefore fewer trees are adapted to that. Since in some areas a whole forest is dominated by one or two trees, you get much worse infestations than in a deciduous forest.
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