The tiny mountain pine beetle has feasted on Colorado’s lodgepole pine forests, turning countless acres of trees into dead wood. An autumn presentation on the tiny but powerful bug shed some light on how Colorado’s majestic forests will be impacted by the beetle infestation.
Rocky Mountain Ecology
The history of wildfire and fire suppression in the U.S. is replete with stories of hubris, disaster and miscalculation. Stephen Pyne of Arizona State University shared some thoughts during a lecture in Boulder.
The reintroduction of the grizzly bear into the northern Rocky Mountains has been rife with controversy — author David Knibb visited Boulder to discuss issues related to the grizzly.
By taming the water cascading down from the high mountains, water engineers turned the high-altitude, semi-arid desert of short-grass prairie into a lush, green urban landscape surrounded by irrigated farmland.
The eight national park areas studied were Glacier, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Denali, Gates of the Arctic and Noatak.