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Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 14:28, last changed on 05/11/2020 - 12:55

North American Beaver

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The North American beaver ( Castor canadensis ) is native to Colorado, and its role as both an environmental engineer and a keystone species has profoundly impacted the state’s ecology and history. Although their populations today are low, beavers continue to shape Colorado’s environments. Ecology...

Cottonwood Trees

Added by yongli on 01/29/2021 - 17:18, last changed on 03/19/2021 - 01:07
One of the most ecologically and culturally significant trees in Colorado, the plains cottonwood ( Populus deltoides monilifera ) thrives near rivers and riparian areas throughout the state. It is one of the only tree species to grow on Colorado’s Great Plains , which made it an important source of...

Rocky Mountain National Park

Added by yongli on 10/21/2015 - 16:12, last changed on 01/22/2022 - 11:51
Established on January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) has for more than a century been one of the country’s most visited national parks. Mountain vistas and wilderness solitude draw millions of people every year. The park lies between elevations of 7,000 and 14,259 feet, harboring...

The Fur Trade in Colorado

Added by yongli on 10/30/2015 - 13:26, last changed on 01/05/2020 - 01:07
The trading of animal skins has been a prominent activity throughout the known human occupation of Colorado. These skins—as hides, furs, or robes—provided protection from the elements as well as a valuable commodity traded for economic gain; their trade strengthened and maintained political...

Wetlands and Riparian Areas

Added by yongli on 08/12/2016 - 16:25, last changed on 01/31/2021 - 17:08
Wetlands are ecosystems that are at least periodically saturated or inundated by water , creating unique habitats that support a wide variety of plant and animal species. Colorado wetlands include a diverse range of ecosystem types, each with distinctive plants and animals, hydrologic regimes, and...
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