Figure : forest-mortality

Forest mortality

Figure 21.6

U.S. Geological Survey
Jeremy Littell

This figure appears in chapter 21 of the Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment report.

Forest mortality due to fire and insect activity is already evident in the Northwest. Continued changes in climate in coming decades are expected to increase these effects. Trees killed by a fire (left side of watershed) and trees killed by mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle infestations (orange and gray patches, right side of watershed) in subalpine forest in the Pasayten Wilderness, Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest, Washington, illustrates how cumulative disturbances can affect forests. (Photo credit: Jeremy Littell, USGS).

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