What is the prospect for forests in our future?
The NASA map below indicates the trend I mentioned. Serious as it looks for the NW, note how bleak the future is for Utah. Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico.
I don’t know what this means for our forests, but it surely isn’t good. A key message, that I didn’t make as clear as maybe I should have made – though maybe it was evident, is that while we know the BAU future will not be good for many of our forest species, and thus for entire communities, we don’t know with precision exactly what will happen.