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|Insect Damage Not Linked to Fire Severity|
University of Vermont researchers recently concluded insect outbreaks are not the contributors to wildfires we think they are. Counter intuitively, the dead trees left by the mountain pine beetle and the western spruce budworm reduce the scale of wildfires. |
"This is surprising," says UVM forest scientist Garrett Meigs, lead author of the study. "Forest fires and insect outbreaks have increased in recent decades, causing some people to link the two in their minds."
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