Photos: Bark beetles gone wild in Colorado's forests

This week's cover story, "The Beetle and the Damage Done," reports on the mounting toll of the worst bark-beetle epidemic in recorded history in Colorado and the various causes blamed for the infestation, from past fire suppression policies to climate change. Are the millions of dead trees claimed by the beetles since the outbreak began in the late 1990s -- and this summer's ferocious eruption of wildfires -- just part of a natural drought cycle or something else?
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Alan Prendergast has been writing for Westword for over thirty years. He teaches journalism at Colorado College; his stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies.
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