For the first time in five years, tree deaths in New Mexico’s forests have increased.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, in 2018 more than 120,000 acres of various forest trees died. That is up nearly 50-percent from 2017.
John Formby, an entomologist who heads the state forest health program, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that near-record heat and a drought weakened the trees ability to fight off beetles and other pests.
Formby also says thing should improve this year due to the heavier winter snow and a wet start to spring.