Environmental groups challenged a decision to allow 72 grizzly bears to be killed to accommodate livestock grazing in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Yellowstone National Park.
Rocky Mountain Forests
By studying a tree’s physiology, scientists are trying to determine how forests adapt to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and higher temperatures. By quantifying these effects, scientists hope to ascertain a forest’s ability to acclimate.
Scientists are measuring mercury levels in a reservoir near Fort Collins to determine the impact of the High Park Fire.
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.
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.
A move toward industrial-scale bioenergy using forest biomass could negatively impact ecosystem diversity.
Research suggest that mountain pine beetles are maturing faster than previously thought with two generations of young bugs attacking vulnerable pine forests throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.