Forests bouncing back from beetles, but elk and deer slowing recovery

ScienceDaily | Feb 14, 2020 at 7:03 AM
  • The study, published this month in the journal Ecology, found that high-elevation forests in the southern Rocky Mountains actually have a good chance of recovery, even after overlapping outbreaks with different kinds of beetles.
  • At the same time, the western balsam bark beetle infested subalpine fir trees across almost 124,000 acres within the same area.
  • Since 2000, more than 1.8 million acres of Engelmann spruce statewide have been affected by spruce beetles in high-elevation forests.