As beetle kill spreads, will the drive from Durango to Silverton resemble Wolf Creek Pass?

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As beetle kill spreads, will the drive from Durango to Silverton resemble Wolf Creek Pass?

Aerial survey reveals expanding areas of dead trees
Forest researchers have noted that the spruce beetle has started to kill more trees in the U.S. Highway 550 corridor between Durango and Silverton.
Forest researchers say that although spruce and roundheaded beetles are native to Colorado, the insects’ rapid spread has been exacerbated by drought, warmer winters and dense forests.
The Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service are planning a broad-scale tree-thinning project, especially in areas around the Glade outside Dolores, to help slow down beetle kill.

As beetle kill spreads, will the drive from Durango to Silverton resemble Wolf Creek Pass?

Forest researchers have noted that the spruce beetle has started to kill more trees in the U.S. Highway 550 corridor between Durango and Silverton.
Forest researchers say that although spruce and roundheaded beetles are native to Colorado, the insects’ rapid spread has been exacerbated by drought, warmer winters and dense forests.
The Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service are planning a broad-scale tree-thinning project, especially in areas around the Glade outside Dolores, to help slow down beetle kill.

As beetle kill spreads, will the drive from Durango to Silverton resemble Wolf Creek Pass?

As beetle kill spreads, will the drive from Durango to Silverton resemble Wolf Creek Pass?

Every year, the Colorado State Forest Service with the U.S. Forest Service conducts an aerial survey of Colorado’s 24.4 million acres of forested lands, looking for new areas of beetle kill.

As beetle kill spreads, will the drive from Durango to Silverton resemble Wolf Creek Pass?

The roundheaded beetle is ravaging ponderosa pines outside Dolores in an area known as the Glade. The affected area totals an estimated 27,000 acres.
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