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Thu., Dec. 20, 2012, 6:05 a.m.

Climate change impacting Western forests, scientists say

In this 2004 photo, a dead bark beetle, barely bigger than the knife point, is seen  burrowed into a ponderosa pine  at Farragut State Park in Idaho.  (File)
In this 2004 photo, a dead bark beetle, barely bigger than the knife point, is seen burrowed into a ponderosa pine at Farragut State Park in Idaho. (File)

Quote of the day:

"If trends continue, baseline tree mortality rates in western forests are projected to double every 17 to 29 years."

From the report, "Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecoystems and Ecosystem Services," released Tuesday that said climate change is already affecting the Intermountain West states. - Deseret News




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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