Opinion: Global warming takes toll on Colorado forests
It doesn’t take a scientist to understand the connection between climate change and forest fires. Last spring was hot and dry, which resulted in a dry forest that easily burns. This should not surprise us. What is surprising is the pace of climate change and the damage it has already caused to our forests and communities.
The previous spring had record snow in Colorado. Some years are warm, other years are cold.
Earth to Bob, Lodgepole Pine forests can’t exist without fire. The seeds only germinate during crown fires. 100 years of fire suppression is making the forests unhealthy.