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Taking the Long View: Mountain Pine Beetles as Agents of Change

Author(s): Jose F. Negron, Robert J. Cain
Year Published: 2020

Mountain pine beetles (MPB) are a constant presence in the Rocky Mountain Region, with a long history of periodic outbreaks. The latest beetle epidemic, which lasted from the late 1990s until about 2012, was particularly impactful in Colorado, where an estimated 800 million lodgepole and ponderosa pine trees were killed. However, as Negrón explains, “It’s generally seen as negative, but as part of this research summary we wanted to show that there have also been positive aspects of the epidemic.”

Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. 2020. Taking the Long View: Mountain Pine Beetles as Agents of Change. RMRS Science You Can Use in 5 Minutes. https://www.fs.usda.gov/rmrs/sites/default/files/documents/sycu_5_mtnpinebtle_web.pdf
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Wildlife, Fire & Wildlife, Invertebrates, Mountain pine beetles
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 21008
Record updated: Apr 13, 2020