Spruce Beetles Don’t Increase Severity Of Colorado Forest Fires, Researchers Say

Nature World News: Spruce beetles have often been blamed for increasing the severity of raging wildfires throughout Colorado. While the bugs invade Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir forests and scar the trees they feed on, this destruction is not linked to the occurrence of forest fires plaguing the state, a new study revealed. Within the past decade, spruce beetles have chewed through roughly half a million acres of forests in Colorado. In 2014 alone the beetles reportedly infested more than 87,000 new acres of......

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