July 27, 2008
Beetle-killed trees spread across the landscape in Routt County. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the mountain pine beetle likely will kill the majority of Colorado's large-diameter lodgepole pine trees within the next three to five years.
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There's nothing quite as serene as lying under a stand of lodgepole pine trees. Their fallen needles pad the ground, choking the forest floor and smothering other growth between the slender trunks.