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Why the Dead Trees?

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 19 March 2017 in Landscape & Rural.

There are thousands of dead Engelmann Spruce trees at Cedar Breaks. The cause is the native spruce bark beetle. It bores through the bark and lays its eggs in the tissue that carries nutrients and water through the tree. The larvae eat this tissue killing the tree.

About every three hundred years, an infestation occurs which triggers a renewal of the forest. You can see all the younger, healthy trees doing well. The current epidemic began in 1992 and is nearing its end. The beetle population boom is becoming a bust . . . until next time.

Cedar Breaks National Monument
Near Cedar City, Utah
Part of The Great American West series.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Sometimes it is difficult to understand why this is happening. Perhaps there is reason to think that it belongs to the natural cycle.

19 Mar 2017 5:27am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Une belle série. )

19 Mar 2017 6:45am

Anne from France

interesting information!

19 Mar 2017 7:32am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

The landscape looks eerie, strange and fascinating. Amazing what a little beetle can achieve.

19 Mar 2017 7:33am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great nature ! Very interesting.

19 Mar 2017 8:25am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Je ne savais pas que c'était périodique

19 Mar 2017 8:28am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Great information. Nature has its own way to balance things out.

19 Mar 2017 8:32am

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

Too bad they are dead.
Nice and informative.

19 Mar 2017 8:44am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Interesting information Steve and beautiful photo

19 Mar 2017 9:10am

Don from Spokane, United States

It's interesting how the cycles of nature renew the forest. It's sad to see the dead trees but the new ones give hope that the forest will return.

19 Mar 2017 12:59pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

C'est un très beau paysage

19 Mar 2017 1:16pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Thank goodness

19 Mar 2017 4:24pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Entre sec et vert et ce gris quelle décor sueprbe.

19 Mar 2017 4:27pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A kind of desolate view with a few greens as hope

19 Mar 2017 4:49pm

willy from Belgium

je te remercie pour les informations intéressantes Steve

une superbe vue


19 Mar 2017 5:01pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture. And very interesting information. :)

19 Mar 2017 5:14pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Same with the pine bark beetle in Colorado. They have killed thousands of trees there.

19 Mar 2017 11:17pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


20 Mar 2017 2:35pm

franz from Baden, Austria

Amazing info re the dead trees ... a common enough sight in some places, though the cause is not always as reassuring as here. Let's hope that in a few years it will be a lot 'greener' again!

20 Mar 2017 8:52pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Amazing place.

21 Mar 2017 10:10pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Thanks for the info.

22 Mar 2017 8:15pm