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Helena Forest working to reverse decline of key whitebark pine

Helena Forest working to reverse decline of key whitebark pine

GRANITE BUTTE — The pine cone in Amanda Milburn’s hand is odd. It almost looks lacquered, with a dark purple-red color and thick scales that are tightly bound to one another. The “umbo” — that’s what you call the little tips on the scales — is a light brown. Overall, the cone is about the si…

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Beetle kill changes face of Helena Forest

HELENA — The most startling visible change to our landscape in the past decade is the rapid death of the pines. Lodgepoles and ponderosas alike have been destroyed in a seemingly inexorable onslaught by a tiny bug called the bark beetle.

January 03, 2010 11:40 pmLoading…

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