As anyone who has has seen our forests to the East has noticed, there is something very out of place. Even to the lay person, the extensive presence of the color red during the summer months catches their eye, and they realize things are not the way they should be in the forests.
The mountain pine beetle is laying waste to many of the Pine trees, and the intensive debating between conservationists, environmentalists, public land management and timber interests wages on. The damage is stirring, and everyone agrees this is a losing affair any way you look at it.
This Seattle Times article by Craig Welch has an overview of the situation developing:
I found that as comment sections to online news stories go, this strand had some interesting points, in amongst the obligatory political mud slinging
This is certainly a situation that will effect us all in the not so distant future, and I hope you find it of interest.