Research derived from ponderosa pine forests in the Southwest indicates that while low-severity surface fires are common historically, today’s large-scale forest fires are enabled by fire-suppression efforts and other human activities.
An estimated 100 miles of trails in San Isabel National Forest in central Colorado were impacted by a violent windstorm last winter.
While 4.2 million acres of national forest land is declared roadless, the 2012 rule allows for energy development and road construction in some areas.
Conservation group suggests several measures to mitigate impacts.
As the U.S. moves closer to removing Wyoming gray wolf populations from the endangered species list, concerns about the fate of wolves remain.