Climate Change

Climate change in this next century suggests global temperature increases beyond anything seen since the Ice Age. These changes will be responsible for species extinctions and drastic changes in our landscapes. We are already witnessing increased drought, extreme weather events, wildland fires, insect outbreaks, and changes in wildlife habitat.

EcoFlight works specifically to document these landscape changes and the increase in the beetle kill in our pine forests throughout the Rocky Mountains as the temperature gradient increases.  There are ways we can manage our national lands that could help mitigate some of the changes posed by global warming, through alternative energy development and through providing needed wildlife habitat and migration corridors to help species adapt to a changing climate.

EcoFlight also works with the Forest Service and Fire Management experts on how modern fire management can be and should be applied to allow fires to burn naturally to do their part in restoring the landscapes, when not a threat to people or property.

Climate Change by state
Arizona
Colorado
Montana
New Mexico
Utah
Wyoming
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FLIGHTS: Climate Change
Colorado - Pinebeetles
State: Colorado
Description: Colorado's distinctive lodgepole pine trees are under attack from a beetle infestation described by scientists as a "perfect storm" which could destroy 90% of the western American state's pine forests. Forests throughout the Rocky Mountain region continue to suffer from the impact of the bark beetle... read more
Colorado and Utah - Red Dust
State: Colorado, Utah
Region: Colorado and Utah
Description: An increasing body of scientific research indicates that windborne dust from disturbed desert soils is contributing to early snowmelt in Colorado. When the light from the sun comes in contact with tiny rock particles instead of plain snow, the dust is heated, making the snow melt earlier and more quickly.
Four Corners Region - Air Quality
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah
Description: Existing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the Four Corners region total 29 million tons per year of CO2. With the increased recognition of the impacts of CO2 as a major contributor to climate change, it is imperative that CO2 emissions be reduced in the Four Corners region... read more
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - Whitebark Pinebeetle
State: Montana, Wyoming
Description: The Whitebark Pine is the main pine tree found at high elevations throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A beetle epidemic that's killing trees across the Rocky Mountain region has taken an especially heavy toll on Whitebark Pine trees and the grizzly bears who depend on them... read more
Montana, Glacier National Park - Glaciers
State: Montana
Region: Glacier National Park
Description: There were approximately 150 glaciers present in 1850, and most glaciers were still present in 1910 when the park was established. In 2010, there were only 25 glaciers larger than 25 acres remaining in the park. In Glacier National Park, some effects of global climate change are strinkingly clear... read more
Montana, Upper Missouri Breaks - National Monument
State: Montana
Description: Having been designated as a national monument by President Clinton in 2001, this remote and beautiful landscape, with 149 miles of the Missouri River corridor designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, has finally begun to be recognized as a national treasure... read more
New Mexico, Chaco Canyon - National Historic Park
State: New Mexico
Region: Northwestern New Mexico
Description: Chaco National Historical Park is designated as a World Heritage Site and is one of the finest examples of Puebloan culture centers in the Southwestern United States, yet it too is impacted by intensive energy development. Natural gas fields, coal and uranium mines, and coal-fired power plants are especially prevalent... read more
Utah, Greater Canyonlands
State: Utah
Description: The Greater Canyonlands area extends beyond Canyonlands National Park over 1.4 million acres. Threatened by off-road vehicle abuse, oil and gas, nuclear and tar sands mining, this area contains scenic getaways for tourists, 12,000 year old archeological sites, and a rich history of Native American culture.... read more