Scientists are measuring mercury levels in a reservoir near Fort Collins to determine the impact of the High Park Fire.
Rocky Mountain Forests
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.