The mountain pine beetle epidemic wildfire suppression, climate change and rural property development will impact the Colorado’s forests over the next several decades.
During the summer of 2006, anoxia, a complete lack of oxygen in the water, was recorded off the central Oregon coast for the first time.
An unusually dry year or sustained drought would mean unstable and variable water deliveries for a system that relies on the huge reservoirs Lake Mead in Arizona/Nevada and Lake Powell in Arizona/Utah.
When the primary goal of a forest is sustainable timber production, the lack of historic tree diversity, shrub and vegetation species may have long-term impacts on forest health.
The study conducted by forestry researchers supports a “trophic cascade” theory of ecological interdependence — extending to plants, animals, food chains and ecological zones.
Foraging birds such as the mountain chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, pygmy nuthatch and yellow-rumped warbler can help spur the growth of ponderosa pine trees in the West, according to researchers.
Extreme off-road vehicle use, CBD argued, would have damaged the canyon’s waterfalls, trees that provide habitat for desert bighorn sheep, endangered birds and rare species.
The purchase creates a 10-mile open space corridor from the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains to the ocean 15 miles south of Carmel.
Scientists expressed concerns about salvage logging following fires, which may slow the natural recovery of forests, streams and wildlife.
Washington state’s Puget Sound is the focus of a large-scale estuarine restoration project, spearheaded by conversation organizations hoping to amass a multi-billion dollar warchest.