Don't blame the beetles

Nov 24, 2014
Cally Carswell, Science Magazine, October 2014.  Read the article here.
Based on real world data, the group found that in general, the insect-killed forests weren't more severely burned than greener stands. Other factors, including topography, wind, humidity, and air temperature, turned out to be more important in determining a fire's ecological severity.  This suggests that “we shouldn't let the bark beetles drive major management decisions” throughout forests.

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