August 16, 2022

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Drought Conditions Continue To Weaken Colorado Forests That Are Fighting Insects, Disease – CBS Denver

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(CBS4) — State and federal forestry experts emphasized the weakening of trees due to drought conditions while presenting their latest observations made during an aerial survey of Colorado and Wyoming forests last year.

Director of the Colorado State Forest Service, Matthew McCombs, and USDA Regional Forester Frank Beum spoke last week before the Colorado General Assembly. They announced the results of the flyovers in an annual report of forest health conditions.

(credit: Colorado State Forest Service)

They said trees in the states’ mountain ranges are more susceptible to bark beetles, disease and other pests due to changes in temperatures and precipitation which have weakened their defenses.

“Years of persistent drought, an indicator of a warming climate, remains a key driver for…

CBS Denver

2022-04-17 17:55:53

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