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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Gov. Inslee stops at Bingen during state-wide tour, hears of Gorge area forest woes related to beetles, drought

Governor says problem is climate change caused by carbon pollution.


Washington Governor Jay Inslee was in Klickitat County last Wednesday listening to a roomful of forestry experts, stakeholders, and politicians at Insitu in Bingen.

The topic was forest health in the Columbia River Gorge, particularly the increased number of dead and dying trees caused by California Fivespined Ips (Ips paraconfusus). The tiny beetles, each only a ninth of an inch long, with five spine-like points sticking out of each hard wing cover, are showing up in increasing numbers in the state since they were first spotted by a few landowners in Underwood in 2010. According to a recent aerial survey, some 2,800 trees have been killed along the Gorge and the slopes of the Cascades, s...

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