Colorado's Sangre De Cristo Mountains by Tom Wolf

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By Tom Wolf

This paintings attracts at the newest medical findings to teach that the battered, attractive Sangres want us up to we want them. targeting woodland ecology, environmental author Tom Wolf indicates how hearth, bugs, sickness, people, and different disturbances have shaped the very good, different forests we all know this day.

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How often did natural fires burn? How much did they burn? " Using tree ring analysis and other crossdating techniques, followed by mapping the vegetation types in a way that paid attention to patch size, she determined not only the years but even the seasons of fires. Her results show that fire history in the Sangres, much like the history of insect infestations (and related to them, of course) is becoming synchronous: bigger, more destructive events occurring simultaneously over larger areas. The patchiness of today's diverse forests may disappear if we continue our mix of suppression and lack of management, if we fail to burn and cut timber in prudent ways.

Like roads, like subdivisions, they fragment habitat. Consider the 10,000 platted lots of the Baca Grande subdivision near Crestone. Powerlines also have a political meaning. They mean "power" in every sense of the term to a region where the Iron Triangle still rules. An alliance known derisively as "Whitewater" teams Stupid Zoner environmentalists, the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, and the federal Bureau of Reclamation. The problem with water is not scarcity but ongoing fraud, subsidy, and misallocation.

Similarly, we will have to question the authority of our positions about mountains. First and foremost among these is the proposal that something called "Wilderness" is somehow inherently good for our much-loved Sangres. Love for mountains is anything but rational. Like so many others, I loved the Sangres before I began to understand them, before I discovered that they are infinitely and mysteriously multiform. Love clears the mind wonderfully. Not love at first sight, which always derives from dreamy ideals.

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