2012-06-25. Goodbye to Mountain Forests?

posted Jun 27, 2012, 12:56 PM by Lisa Ou
| by Hillary Rosner, The NY Times. An article relevant to GSS A New World View chapter 6. Excerpt: When the smoke finally clears and new plant life pokes up from the scorched earth after the wildfires raging in the southern Rockies, what emerges will look radically different than what was there just a few weeks ago. According to Craig Allen, a research ecologist with the United States Geological Survey in Los Alamos, N.M., forests in the region have not been regenerating after the vast wildfires that have been raging for the last decade and a half…forests are burning into oblivion and grasslands and shrub lands are taking their place. “Rising temperature is going to drive our forests off the mountains…These forests did not evolve with this type of fire,” said Dr. Allen. “Fire was a big deal in New Mexico, but it was a different kind of fire.” The result, he said, is that the species that now live there — ponderosa pines, piñon, juniper — cannot regenerate, and new species are moving in to take their place.... Read more: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/goodbye-to-mountain-forests/