New study: Burned forests may never grow back

Sep 4, 2020

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With major wildfires in Colorado this summer and a hotter, drier climate predicted across the West, many of us are wondering what our beloved forests will look like in a few decades.

A new University of Colorado Boulder-led study offers a glimpse into the future, suggesting that when forests burn across the Southern Rocky Mountains, many will not grow back and will instead convert to grasslands and shrublands.

KVNF spoke to Kyle Rodman, the study's lead author, about what landscapes might look like after the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires.