UM Graduate students share research about the Mountain Pine Beetle with local landowners and concerned citizens. Beetle Expert and UM Doctoral Student, Ryan Bracewell, explains the impact the pine beetles have on our ecosystem. Trip participants met at the Montana Natural History Center and took a bus up to the Lubrecht Experimental Forest owned by the University of Montana.

Photographer Scott Ranf and reporter Faith Cronin rode up with other beetle enthusiasts and experts to learn a little more about the little bug that's causing huge problems.

For more general information about the Mountain Pine Bark Beetle go to dnrc.mt.gov/forestry/Assistance/Pests/mtnpinebeetle.asp

and be sure to stay tuned to part 2 with our developing story.

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