There some good news concerning forests in the western states. For the second year in a row there seems to be fewer trees damaged from a beetles outbreak. Forest Service officials say that 3.8 million acres with beetle-killed trees were surveyed last year and that’s down by more than half from 2009. One of the theories being considered is that the beetles are taking advantage of the warm winters and have migrated to higher altitudes. Beetle outbreaks can cause more intense wildfires as we have seen this summer and also a blow to the timber industry making some of these trees unsuitable for use.