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What’s Happening in our Forests? Virtual Webinar
June 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
Trees play a large role in many ecosystems, from taking in carbon to providing habitat for forest dependent birds. But do you know what good forest habitat looks like for many birds of Colorado? In this webinar, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist Kaitlyn Nafziger will talk about what a healthy coniferous forest looks like, how this influences wildfires and birds, and how she works with landowners to restore forest habitat for wildlife.
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High-severity fires have occurred for millennia, but historically were isolated to cool, moist forests that burned infrequently. Due to the practice of fire suppression that has become common in modern times, today’s fires are fed by over a century’s worth of accumulated fuel. Further, a warming, drying climate in the American West has dried the fuel, and expanding human development and recreation have increased ignition sources – the proverbial match in the tinderbox. These factors allow high-severity fires to burn indiscriminately across forest types. Projections vary, but all agree that the number of acres burned by these fires that are extreme in both size and intensity – now known as megafires – will increase in coming decades. Let’s take a look at what these modern wildfires mean for wildlife, and birds in particular.
The forests of the American West have long been sculpted by fire. Modern human expansion and land management practices often suppress natural fires, an in the absence of natural fire, forest conditions have been changing. Modern “megafires” are largely a result of these changes. But what were forests like before the “megafire” era? And how can our understanding of historical fire regimes improve our management practices today?
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