By Sheridan Block
Fifty percent of the landscape around Ouray is on the verge of death. It’s a fact that’s as disturbing to hear as it is to see. The once healthy, green white firs that line the canyon walls have been reduced to crumbling specks of brown rot as the fir engraver beetles complete their feasts. Even more unsettling, according to U.S. Forest Service silviculturist Todd Gardiner: there’s really nothing we can do.