More Open Spaces, Fire-Charred Land Coming to National ParksBy Rocky Thompson on July 27th, 2011
A new study has found that climate change will cause more frequent wildfires like the one that burned Yellowstone in 1988. By 2050 it will be extremely unlikely that a season could pass without a massive wildfire, and by 2075 it will be considered the norm. Some of our National Parks in the West will go from dense forests to more open plains and grasslands with fast-growing firs and shrubs. Basically, climate change means that the 400sq mile burns seen on a regular basis in the American Southwest will work their way into Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, etc.