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Charles C. Rhoades
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Fire & Climate
Mountain pine beetles

NRFSN number: 25933
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Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia) has a reputation for indestructibility, but recent events in the Southern Rockies may have pushed even this stalwart species to the edge. Research by Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) scientist Chuck Rhoades and colleagues shows that lodgepole forests burned by wildfires following mountain pine beetle outbreaks may not generate enough seedlings to return to predisturbance tree densities.


Rhoades, Chuck. 2023. Beetle/fire double whammy: Even tough-as-nails lodgepole pine may struggle to recover after wildfires. Science You Can Use (in 5 Minutes), March 2023. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 2 p.

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