Researchers Say Spruce Beetle Is Benefiting From Climate Change

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Courtesy of Colorado State University

Spruce beetles have chomped on about 40 percent of spruce-fir forests in the state in the last couple of decades. You can see the most striking damage in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the San Juan Mountains, the West Elk Mountains and the Sawatch Range. Seth Davis is an assistant professor of forestry at Colorado State University. In a recent study, he found that the beetle is benefiting from climate change.