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Subalpine forests in the Northern Rockies are fire resilient—for now

Subalpine forests in the Northern Rockies are fire resilient—for now


Over 4,800 years in the Northern Rockies during wet periods and dry periods, subalpine forests consistently recovered from wildfires, growing back vegetation and leaving evidence of their resilience in lake sediment cores. 

Kyra Clark-Wolf, now a CU Boulder postdoc with the North Central Climate Adaptation Center (NC CASC), led the study as part of her dissertation research. NC CASC is a partnership of CU Boulder and the United States Geological Survey.

Using lake sediment cores, scientists determined how these subalpine ecosystems recovered after 4,800 years of fire
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
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