The devastation of the Western Pine Bark Beetle. That was news 15 and 20 years back. The end of the world. A global catastrophe. Fire would follow. And so on. A quarter of British Columbia cleared of trees. Nasty work.
Well, here’s a forest that got hit in the Cariboo 15 years ago, cleared of over-mature pines and healthier than ever.
It was all just a story of apocalypse, the kind that makes settler culture comfortable in its vulnerability and huddle close and afraid of the world.