Beetle me this.

22 Jan
Let’s talk beetles. Mountain Pine Beetles to be exact. I’ve never liked bugs, so I will make this quick.
Mountain Pine Beetles are a species of bark beetles that are native to the forests of North America. At one point Pine Beetles played an important role in controlling the life of a forest, in that they attacked older, weaker trees, allowing speedy growth of the younger trees. Unfortunately a series of long, hot summers, paired with mild winters, have caused a Pine Beetle epidemic that is wreaking havoc on the forests of North America. In Summit County alone, the infestation has wiped out thousands of Brown Lodgepole Pine Trees causing the scenic vistas surrounding the area to become a patchwork quilt of green and brown.
To combat the beetle epidemic, the National Forest Foundation has cut down a wide number of trees within the county and will be burning the trees in an effort to stop the spread of this invasive little bugger. It’s a heartbreaking sight to see, and is a blatant reminder of the fragility of the cycle of life.

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