Beetles Threaten British Columbia Forest Catastrophe
Toronto Globe and Mail. No longer regenerated by periodic burning by Native Americans, the aging and stressed forest is ripe for beetles, while warm winters are allowing beetle populations to grow and spread unchecked. According to the
Washington Post, U.S. officials are watching for an outbreak, although damage could be limited by the more fractured nature of the U.S. lodgepole pine population. Meanwhile, scientists speculate that the forest may never come back—at least not without an ice age to subdue the beetles.
Published June 7, 2006 Permalink