Red and Dead - Montana's Pine Beetle Infestation (No. 602)
First Aired Thursday, October 08, 2009
Montanans who have health insurance coverage are noticing a uptick in their co-pay rates.
It's no bigger than a kernel of rice, yet the mountain pine beetle is wreaking havoc on Montana's forests, and urban areas as well. What can be done about it? Attempts are underway to salvage dead trees, but there is no magic bullet to eradicate this destructive pest. Montana Focus tracks the pine beetle's voracious appetite as it moves across the state.