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The Pinyon Pines that mingle with juniper to dominate the scenery of Rim Country have suffered mass die-offs and a drop in cone production.

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Pinyon pines facing dark future as climate shifts

Climate shift threatens wholesale slaughter of tree that dominates Rim Country

The projected rise in the length and severity of drought could devastate the pinyon pine forests that surround Payson, according to a growing body of research.

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