I read an article in Forbes magazine that discussed the impact of the Bark beetle that is infested the lodge pole pine trees across the west. It has added many opportunities for the logging industry, so much so that they cannot keep up with demand. It has also changed the landscape and threatened to change the iconic images portrayed in the visitor bureau’s website. Visiting Winter Park, Colorado last summer I was amazed at the expanse of dead trees across the valley. Now flying in and out of Denver I can see the altered landscape from above as the plane crossed the Indian Peak Wilderness Area. Having spent time in the valley over the years, I suddenly realize that this is a game changing event.
The impact of one small beetle is transformative. The beetle is now on a journey to change the look of much of the western landscape. How we react is still being debated.