Skip to comments.Aspen Trees Die Across the West
Posted on 05/18/2010 12:29:25 PM PDT by GSWarrior
DENVER -- This should be the golden season across the West, when aspen paint hillsides in shades of fall.
But a mysterious ailment -- or perhaps a combination of factors -- is killing hundreds of thousands of acres of the trees from Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and into Canada, according to the U.S. government and independent scientists.
The aspen die-off comes on the heels of a pine-beetle invasion that has destroyed millions of acres of evergreens. Foresters expect to lose virtually every mature lodgepole pine in Colorado -- five million acres of them.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
Is this the same bug that killed all the pinon pine
along I-25 north of Santa Fe?
this is breathtakingly sad, the fall aspen are glorious
the Rocky Mountains will look sadly rocky without foliage
The Pine Beetle is still munching the forests.
But the article is about deciduous aspen trees, not pine.
Old trees are weak trees!
The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up............
-yeah, not enough wolves , that's it--
--in the Frisco-Dillon area , at least it caused some humor--the bug trees turn rust-red the first year after they die, causing tourists to query as to "how do I get one of those pretty red trees" or comment on the refreshing red after all that boring green---
And DDT is still outlawed and for no reason what so ever. You can tell if a pine is going to die by looking at the top of it. It dies from the top down.
The MSM last year declared the die off to be the fault of global warming. The science being settled, it’s not necessary to explain why cold wet weather hasn’t had any effect.
And you can bet that non of them can or will be used for lumber.
BTW, I didn't realize that the WSJ wrote their articles so far in advance ;o)
OnlineWSJ.com ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Stephanie Simon
Well, I suspect that one cause is mismanagement of the forests, which does not allow harvesting of mature trees. Nature needs man as a participant, IMHO. And before the U.S. government put all these forests off limits, the Indians helped take care of them.
Weak trees and dying trees tend to harbor pests and interfere with new growth.
Look at it as redistribution of the Earth.
The title says it was published next fall...
We went to SD for vacation and went out of our way to see how the pines were holding out there : I saw a few red pines, but not many.
We're going to Arkansas this August. I hope the beautiful Ozarks are OK. According to what I read, pine tree forests from Mexico to Canada have been devastated. :-(
I mis-typed. It was published last October. Sorry for the confusion.
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