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.
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 mountain pine beetle epidemic wildfire suppression, climate change and rural property development will impact the Colorado’s forests over the next several decades.
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.
Scientists expressed concerns about salvage logging following fires, which may slow the natural recovery of forests, streams and wildlife.
Decreased Rocky Mountain snowpack has slowed the winter release of heat-trapping CO2 gases from forest soils into the atmosphere, according to scientists.
Researchers analyzed and combined existing demographic census and satellite vegetation data to create a map of communities at risk of wildfire threats.
Hayman fire temperatures reached in excess of 400 degrees Celsius (752 F). At least one area reached more than 650 C, more than 1,200 F.