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This was published last October, but I don't recall seeing anything about this issue here on FR. Last time I was in Colorado I couldn't believe my eyes! Dead pine trees as far as the eye could see in certain areas.
1 posted on 05/18/2010 12:29:26 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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Is this the same bug that killed all the pinon pine
along I-25 north of Santa Fe?


2 posted on 05/18/2010 12:31:16 PM PDT by rahbert (Only a poor snake charmer blames his snake..)
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this is breathtakingly sad, the fall aspen are glorious

the Rocky Mountains will look sadly rocky without foliage


3 posted on 05/18/2010 12:31:35 PM PDT by silverleaf
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The Pine Beetle is still munching the forests.


4 posted on 05/18/2010 12:31:37 PM PDT by CodeToad
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Dead pine trees as far as the eye could see in certain areas.

But the article is about deciduous aspen trees, not pine.

5 posted on 05/18/2010 12:31:51 PM PDT by Plutarch
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Young trees resist infestations and disease better than old ones.

Support logging!

Old trees are weak trees!

6 posted on 05/18/2010 12:31:56 PM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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Bush’s fault.


7 posted on 05/18/2010 12:34:17 PM PDT by steve8714 (The only private property the Feds value is intellectual property owned by their supporters in Holl.)
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Revelation 8:7
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............


8 posted on 05/18/2010 12:34:33 PM PDT by Red Badger (When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you'll know that its desolation is NEAR. Luke 21)
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---In northern Arizona, wildlife may be the culprit: With the wolf population down, elk aren't often on the run from predators, giving them plenty of time to hunker in an aspen grove and methodically eat every sucker--

-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---

10 posted on 05/18/2010 12:35:33 PM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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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.


11 posted on 05/18/2010 12:35:57 PM PDT by RC2
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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.


13 posted on 05/18/2010 12:37:49 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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And you can bet that non of them can or will be used for lumber.


14 posted on 05/18/2010 12:38:59 PM PDT by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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Well my aspen are growing like weeds as usual. I have to mow down the shoots weekly.

BTW, I didn't realize that the WSJ wrote their articles so far in advance ;o)

OnlineWSJ.com ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Stephanie Simon

15 posted on 05/18/2010 12:40:42 PM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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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.


16 posted on 05/18/2010 12:41:32 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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The title says it was published next fall...


18 posted on 05/18/2010 12:46:14 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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the sad thing is that, unlike other tress that are an entity unto themselves, an aspen grove is basically one humongous plant - each ‘tree’ sprouting up from ‘runners’ that reach out like spider webs just under the surface.

So whatever attacks “one” tree is, in reality, attacking every aspen in sight - and up the hill and down the valley and over the mountain and....

But nature has her reasons and her seasons. Man just needs to get the heck out of the way

28 posted on 05/18/2010 1:02:48 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (google)
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Foresters expect to lose virtually every mature lodgepole pine in Colorado -- five million acres of them.

Are they issuing any permits for people to harvest them? No, not as far as I know.

30 posted on 05/18/2010 1:05:50 PM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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I think aspen trees only flourish in the presence of capitalism.

At least we'll always have the pictures!

32 posted on 05/18/2010 1:10:21 PM PDT by The Duke
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33 posted on 05/18/2010 1:11:21 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Thank You God for Freeing the Navy Seals)
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Trees have a life span. When they reach the end of their life span they die. Colorado's forests have suffered from too much protection and not enough harvesting. The trees grew too big and too close together for the soil and available water to support. Overcrowding makes them susceptible to disease and bugs.
38 posted on 05/18/2010 1:39:38 PM PDT by STYRO (when do white Protestant taxpayers get their civil rights back?)
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“Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them.”


41 posted on 05/18/2010 2:03:12 PM PDT by coaltrain
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