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Culturally Modified Trees

Added by yongli on 06/23/2016 - 13:38, last changed on 10/20/2017 - 12:33
Culturally Modified Trees (or CMTs) are trees that exhibit peels, ax cuts, delimbing, wood removal, and other cultural modifications. Numerous CMTs are found in the foothills and mountains of Colorado. Research has shown that these trees are artifacts reflecting cultural utilization of trees by...

Mountain Pine Beetle

Added by yongli on 10/30/2015 - 13:46, last changed on 09/18/2017 - 01:07
Forests in central Colorado look very different today than they did twenty years ago: millions of trees have been killed by mountain pine beetles ( Dendroctonus ponderosae , fig. 1). The mountain pine beetle is a native insect that is roughly the size of a grain of rice (fig. 2), but large...

US Forest Service in Colorado

Added by yongli on 03/01/2016 - 16:24, last changed on 11/18/2017 - 01:07
Colorado enjoys a proud public lands heritage and a prominent place in US Forest Service (USFS) history. The state hosts many of the first forests reserved under federal law, which today are some of the most popular destinations within the national forest system. Origins ...

Wickiups and Other Wooden Features

Added by yongli on 05/02/2016 - 16:55, last changed on 11/03/2017 - 13:14
Wickiups were temporary conical and domed shelters constructed by the Native American inhabitants of Colorado for millennia. Because of the perishable nature of their construction materials, a vast majority of wickiups and other prehistoric wooden structures have vanished from the landscape...

Wildfire in Colorado

Added by yongli on 05/09/2016 - 15:25, last changed on 10/21/2017 - 01:07
Coloradans have coevolved with fire. From early Native Americans to Euro-American colonizers, to modern government agents, humans have influenced the direction of fire as much as fire has influenced the course of people. The fire-adapted landscapes we see in Colorado today are the direct result of...
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