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After our month in the western states we have seen thousands of acres of dead and dying conifers from the pine bark beetle infestation that is deforesting our National Forests and National Parks. The pine bark beetle has always been in the western forests but climate change has increased its abundance by a huge factor. The warming climate is allowing the beetle to survive the winters at higher elevations thus destroying trees that were never before at risk. The resulting thousands of acres of dead trees has increased the frequency and intensity of forest fires immensely all over our western states.

One state has had the foresight to try and eliminate the abundance of dead trees. Colorado has started chipping up the dead trees and is supplying them to a company that is burning them for fuel to generate electricity.

Mark
 
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