25 Jun '12, 8pm

Goodbye to Mountain Forests?

Goodbye to Mountain Forests?

When the smoke finally clears and new plant life pokes up from the scorched earth after the wildfires raging in the southern Rockies, what emerges will look radically different than what was there just a few weeks ago. According to Craig Allen , a research ecologist with the United States Geological Survey in Los Alamos, New Mexico, forests in the region have not been regenerating after the vast wildfires that have been raging for the last decade and a half. Reuters A helicopter spraying water on Monday on a fire in the Waldo Canyon west of Colorado Springs, Colo. Dr. Allen, who runs the Jemez Mountains Field Station at Bandelier National Monument , says those forests are burning into oblivion and grasslands and shrublands are taking their place. “Rising temperature is going to drive our forests off the mountains,” he said. During two presentations at environmental confere...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/goodbye-to-moun...

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