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|Wednesday, March 02, 2011|
By Corey Paul
Climate change might kill off lodgepole pines in the Pacific Northwest by 2080, a new study out of Oregon State University concludes. And as soon as 2020, this tree that thrives in cold temperatures from western Canada to Colorado will likely remain in just 17 percent of its current range.
The biggest concerns are long-term, such as an increase in erosion and a heightened risk of wildfire.
In the short term, if pine beetles indeed gobble up lodgepole pine, little if any measurable damage would immediately befall the Oregon lumber industry. That's because lumber could still be salvaged quickly. If not, a blue stain fungus that pine beetles deposit will open the door for more fungi that will devour the tree. But it may also be worth mentioning that there's not tremendous demand for lumber these days, with the global economic crisis and a weak demand for American houses, and that lots of lodgepole pine exists on federal land.
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