Laramie, Wyo. – A new study shows that nearly half of the healthy Whitebark pine trees in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have been killed by mountain pine beetles. The study is by the National Resources Defense Council and the U-S Forest Service. Whitebark pine live at high elevations, where pine beetles historically have not been found.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. – A lightning storm struck the mountains in Grand Teton National Park, injuring 16 climbers and prompting a helicopter rescue effort to try to bring them down.
Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says rangers hanging by rope from helicopters plucked 11 climbers off Grand Teton mountain Wednesday afternoon. Park officials halted efforts to rescue five more when another storm blew in.