Restoration and reforestation of Pine, Aspen, and Oak.
- Carbon sequester
- Alleviate climate change
- Habitat conservation
- Improve local water quality
- Soil retention
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About Durango, Colorado
Colorado has 24.4 million acres of forests which provide huge social, economic and ecological benefits. Forests support a sustainable wood products industry, diverse wildlife, fresh water, and ample recreation opportunities. But these precious forests face serious threats, including insect infestations, long-term drought, and forest fires. Unhealthy forests set the stage for exceptionally large, devastating wildfires that significantly increase risks of dangerous flooding, extreme erosion, degraded water quality and reduced water storage capacity.
Over the past 30 years, Colorado’s climate has become 2°F warmer, and this trend is already having impacts. The top 10 largest fires in Colorado history have all occurred since 2002. Warmer and drier conditions have contributed to the largest bark beetle outbreaks in the state’s recorded history. Spruce beetle outbreaks have affected 1.7 million acres, and nearly 3.4 millioncumulative acres have been impacted by Mountain Pine beetle.
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