Photo by: 
Julia Jacobson

While driving over Monarch Pass, one bears witness to the devastating effects of the spruce beetle. What was once a luscious green forest has slowly faded into a rusty and ailing infestation.

However, there is another, less pronounced killer afflicting the forests in Taylor Park. Dwarf mistletoe — a parasitic plant that grows on lodgepole pines — is killing trees in the Gunnison Ranger District.

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