In The American West, A Battle Unfolds Over Bugs, Climate Change And The Fate Of An Iconic Species

Huffington Post: On a cold, overcast day last fall, Jesse Logan and Wally McFarlane hiked up Packsaddle Peak near Emigrant, Mont., not far from Yellowstone National Park. They had to climb high into the forest, at least 8,500 feet above sea level, to find the trees: tall, majestic whitebark pines, which grow slowly and can live more than a thousand years. A light snow started falling halfway up the mountain, the flakes getting heavier and wetter as they climbed. "You gotta want it to get up in here," said McFarlane,......

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