The Hot and Dry West is killing our forests

High Country News, Sept 28, 2014

Severe fires, unprecedented bark beetle infestations, heat and drought — all exacerbated by climate change — are killing trees throughout the Rocky Mountains. So whether you're a fan of New Mexico's piñon pines, Colorado's aspens or Montana's whitebark pines, the West's forests could look radically different in 50 to 100 years. That's the message of a report released last week by the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists and the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Climate Organization.

The authors want people to see dead trees as a...