If you've been to Rocky Mountain National Park in recent years you've probably noticed a lot of dead lodgepole pine trees throughout the park. This is the unfortunate result of the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation, which is impacting forests throughout the western United States. A recent report published by the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado State Forest Service is estimating that nearly 3.4 million acres of forest have been in infested in Colorado since the first signs of the outbreak in 1996.
Below is a video featuring Park Ranger Michael Edwards as he discusses how the infestation is impacting Rocky Mountain National Park. This is part 1 of a two-part video series that was produced by Nick Molle in 2010 for EPTV Channel 8 in Estes Park:
Tomorrow we'll show the final part in this series.