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FOR 215: Writing in Forestry

Topic 2: Bark beetles

Topic 2. Bark beetle outbreaks, why are they becoming increasingly severe? For this topic, please review reasons why bark beetle outbreaks are becoming increasingly severe, such as climate change, past logging practices, and introduction into new areas. Focus on the western United States to narrow your search. Keep in mind, most bark beetles are native to our area. What is different about modern-day forest dynamics that makes native bark beetle outbreaks worse?

KEYWORDS TO CONSIDER

What are we looking at:

  • bark beetles (could include names for different species)

In relation to:

  • "climate change"
  • climate
  • "global warming"
  • logging
  • post-logging
  • expansion
  • "range expansion"
  • "range shift"
  • dispersal
  • "dispersal ability"

Where:

  • west
  • western
  • southwestern
  • colorado
  • arizona
  • california
  • etc