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Fri October 11, 2013
Environment

Drought Linked to Spruce Beetle Outbreaks in Colorado's Northern Mountains

Forests like this one in Colorado's northern mountains have been hit hard by the Spruce Beetle. Now researchers are finding a link between drought and the beetle outbreaks.
Credit CU Boulder

Large swathes of spruce forests in the Northern Colorado mountains are dying due to the Spruce Beetle. Now, researchers are linking these massive beetle outbreaks to drought. The beetles’ impact on forests has the potential to be more devastating in Colorado than the mountain pine beetle. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Sarah Hart, the lead author of the study. She says her team went over 300 years of drought data.