Bark beetles chew their way through forests

Posted by Christine, February 19, 2011

In the last decade, tiny forest-dwelling beetles have wiped out pine trees on millions of acres in the Canadian and American West, including Southern California. With warmer temperatures, bark beetles in Northern California could become more prolific — and more will survive the winter. Reporter: Ilsa Setziol

However, the John Muir Project’s 2010 report, “The Myth of Catastrophic Wildfire: A New Ecological Paradigm of Forest Health”, gives a different perspective. It’s a comprehensive synthesis of the scientific evidence on forest fire trends, and the relationship of current fire patterns to wildlife and climate change.  The findings are surprising, and turn most of the common assumptions about fire on their heads.