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Colorado's Forests and the Pine Beetle Epidemic

Office of University Outreach at the University of Colorado Boulder

This video features CU Boulder Professor Jeff Mitton and his research team, who study the effects of mountain pine beetle infestations on the forest ecology in the Rocky Mountains. They explain the pine beetle life cycle and how they attack trees. An outlook into the future is also provided.

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  • While this video is a few years old, the issue described remains, though the current pine beetle outbreak has passed. For more recent data about the current state of the pine beetle epidemic in Colorado, see