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Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., vividly remembers the Oct. 24, 1997, blowdown that ignited the local spruce beetle boom.

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Spruce, aspen losses could follow pine devastation

A tremendous loss of spruce and aspen trees could make up the next chapter in the drastic transformation of Colorado's forests after the mountain pine beetle eats itself out of house and home.

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