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Wyo. forests reviving after mountain pine beetle epidemic

(Aug. 20, 2013) -- Despite the gray skeletons of once-green pine trees all around, Frank Romero, Laramie District ranger for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, said the undergrowth and the young pine trees poking through the soil are quite encouraging, writes the Wyoming Tribune.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Despite the gray skeletons of once-green pine trees all around, Frank Romero, Laramie District ranger for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, said the undergrowth and the young pine trees poking through the soil are quite encouraging, writes the Wyoming Tribune.

“When visitors to the forest see all those dead trees, it can be quite startling,” he said. “If that’s all you look at, it is disheartening. But within that forest and on the ground level, the forest is coming back. It won’t happen overnight, but there is cause for optimism.”

The Medicine Bow National Forest was one of the hardest hit by the pine beetle epidemic, says the Wyoming Tribune. The epidemic first appeared in Wyoming in the Sierra Madre Mountains in 2006. By 2010, the number of dead trees outnumbered the living in the lodgepole stands.

The good news is the epidemic has slowed down in many areas of Wyoming and Colorado as the supply of large pine trees has been depleted, writes the Wyoming Tribune.

For the complete story from the Wyoming Tribune, click here.

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