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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

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