Very interesting thread. We just got back from a 10.500 mile trip from South Texas to Alaska. We saw devastated forests in several places, BC, and the Yukon being two of these. Of course the firewood bans are everywhere.
We stopped in the wilds of the Yukon and did a walk through a spruce forest decimated by spruce beatles. What a surprise to read the info signs along this trail. Seems this is natural. The spruce beetles only kill the weak trees which were unable to secret enough sap to cover the beetle, thus stopping it from laying eggs. The info described how to pick some of this sap off the trees and see the dead beetle inside. This was a forest in the tundra where a 2" diameter tree is nearly 100 years old. Bottom line: This is natures way of killing off the weak and allowing the healthy young trees below to get sunlight and grow.
I'm not taking sides on this issue, just passing on some information I found interesting, and that broadened my thinking.
Perhaps we humans, who only live a handful of decades, are not able to understand natures big picture. The largest trees in that Yukon forest were four or five hundred years old, perhaps old enough to make room for the younsters, healthy little trees, coming along too low to the ground to even be noticed from the road.
Matt & Virginia Kline
On Nueces Bay, near Portland TX
2016 F-350 6.7 Diesel (Overkill and loving it)