Effects of mountain pine beetle caused tree mortality on streamflow and streamflow generation mechanisms in Colorado
The mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) (MPB), an endemic beetle in Colorado forests, saw dramatic population growth in the 1990's. As a result of this epidemic, the mountain pine beetle killed large tracts of forest as it spread. To evaluate the effects of MPB caused tree mortality on streamflow and streamflow generation mechanisms multiple investigative approaches were taken. In north-central Colorado, 21 watersheds representing minimally to highly affected watershed areas were chosen. Physical watershed characteristics were determined through a geographic information ...