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  • Aspens outside of Frisco, in Summit County, Colorado / Nathan Heffel KUNC
    Colorado's Iconic Aspens Face Steep Decline From Climate Change In late September and early October, Coloradans swarm to the mountains hoping to experience the magical transformation of aspens from green to gold. A few decades from now, though, those glorious aspen stands are likely to be fewer, as global climate change shifts the places where aspen grow and thrive.

  • Experts gather at the US Forest Service nursery / Kathy Plonka
    Experts set sights on saving threatened whitebark pines Whitebark pines are tough trees. They are among the first plants to colonize barren ridgetops. And from thin, rocky soils, they produce oil-rich seeds that feed a host of wildlife, from squirrels to birds to grizzly bears. But whitebark pines need help if the species is going to survive.

  • A firefighter battles the King fire along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California /NOAH BERGER, REUTERS
    Record Drought Hastens Dramatic Spread of California Wildfires The explosive growth of a massive wildfire in northern California's drought-parched Sierra Nevada Mountains this week has stunned firefighters, defying all predictions about how quickly it would grow.

  • Cost-share programs encourage most to mitigate wildfire danger but not some at greatest risk Most homeowners are willing to take part in cost-sharing that helps pay for wildfire risk mitigation on their properties, but some of those with the highest wildfire risk are the least likely to participate in those programs, according to a collaborative study.

  • U.S. Forest Service research ecologist Susan Meyer examining cheatgrass seeds for signs of Black Fingers of Death pathogen near West Mountain south of Provo, Utah / Tom Kenworthy
    How The 'Black Fingers Of Death' Can Help Defeat Climate Change This small city on the Wasatch Front south of Salt Lake City seems an unlikely locale for what could turn out to be an important battle against climate change. But here research ecologist Susan Meyer and her colleagues are working laboriously to defeat a tenacious alien plant, cheatgrass, once dubbed the "invader that won the West."

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