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The Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic

Steven DeWitt | United States

A drought began 25 years ago, caused by human generated climate change, that started a chain reaction in the lodgepole pine forests of North America. A native Mountain Pine Beetle infestation of epic proportions decimated millions of acres of lodgepole pine forests. The United States Forest Service believes that nearly every mature lodgepole pine has been killed. Forest scientists categorize the sudden forest loss as one of the greatest deforestation events in thousands of years. For more than a decade, conservation photographer and filmmaker Steven DeWitt documented the loss of the lodgepole forests.

Steven DeWitt is a conservation photographer and documentary filmmarker based in New York City. 

His work helps persuade state and federal policy makers to implement solutions to combat the impacts of climate change on our forests for The Union of Concerned Scientists and is being used to influence stakeholders to support watershed and riparian restoration efforts for a major upper tributary of the Colorado River with the National Forest Foundation.

His work has been featured in numerous conservation and adventure campaigns and publications including The Pew Charitable Trusts, United States Forest Service, American Rivers, The Wilderness Society, Sierra Magazine, Earth Island Journal, Outside Magazine, 5280 Magazine, The Drake Magazine, SKI Magazine, Golden Ride Magazine, Western Rise, Native Eyewear, Mountainsmith, Teva, GoPro and Vail Resorts.


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