State of the Forest 2014 Report: Roaring Fork Watershed, Colorado
From the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), the 2014 State of the Forest Report presents an in-depth look at the health of regional forests, including climatic factors and insect and disease infestations currently impacting local forests. This graphically-rich magazine style report is intended to help inform policy that promotes managing for healthy forests by federal, state, and local governments as well as NGOs and private citizens living in and around the wildland-urban interface. According to ACES, in the Roaring Fork Watershed, forest health drives the tourism-based economy, and climate change is projected to have serious impacts on the region.
The report provides a full review of the valley’s forest ecosystem health, and examines trends in temperature, precipitation, fire, stream flow, air and water quality, diseases, drought stress and other such indicators through a lens of climate change variability. ACES takes inventory of what infestations and diseases are threatening which species of trees in the watershed. It also explains what citizens and land managers can do to be a part of the solution.
ACES is distributing 1,300 copies of the report to its members and hundreds more to public land managers, businesses, and local, state, and federal government officials.
Publication Date: April 3, 2014
- Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) - Colorado
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Air quality
- Air temperature
- Extreme storms and hurricanes
- Invasive species and pests
- Precipitation changes
- Water quality
- Water supply