Burned, beetle-ravaged Wyoming forest expected to flourish
November 1, 2020
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The morning of Sept. 17, as Scott Butler clambered over fallen log after fallen log and around dead trees as far as he could see, he thought about how only a fire could create the renewal long needed.
The Savage Run Wilderness, nestled in the southern end of the Snowy Range, had been ravaged for years by the mountain pine beetle. Like most of the range, it was covered in more dead trees than live ones.
And now, more than a month after the Mullen Fire tore through more than 175,000 acres of mountainside and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings, wildlife biologists, h...