Bark Beetle Epidemic Infects Local Pines

Pinyon pines have repeatedly been infected with Pinyon Pine Scale, Matsucoccus acalyptus, because of drought and environmental changes due to development. This native insect has a complex life cycle that causes the decline and eventual death of native pine trees. Insect management requires strategic applications of insecticides and plant food. Pinyon needle scale lowers the tree’s vigor by


Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it

A year ago this month, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon’s dry season that ultimately saw more than 100,000 fires and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or unwillingness to protect the rainforest. This year, President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to

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