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Aspen Trees Die Mysteriously in Rockies

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Aspen Trees Die Mysteriously in Rockies

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Aspen Trees Die Mysteriously in Rockies

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A dying stand of aspens near the Vail Ski Resort Kirk Siegler for NPR hide caption

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A dying stand of aspens near the Vail Ski Resort

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A symbol of the American West, the aspen tree, is dying quickly and mysteriously. Scientists are scrambling to get to the causes of the epidemic, which is threatening mountain communities that depend on the famed trees natural beauty to draw tourists. Aspen Public Radio's Kirk Siegler reports.