This article discusses what we are losing – tracking climate change in Yellowstone.
Scientists have been predicting for years that fire activity in Yellowstone National Park is going to increase as the world gets warmer. Climate models predict more large fires and ballooning yearly burned acreage totals. There will also be less time between fires, meaning forests won’t have as much time to grow back and maybe never will.
In the crosshairs of that trend are the old forests where Smith and his team are studying birds, places where a tree’s age is measured in centuries. Smith called the areas “the most flammable forest type on the landscape.”