The MRS maintains a list of plant (primarily vascular), mammal, and bird species that have been observed in the area around the MRS up to Niwot Ridge, including subalpine forests (lodgepole, aspen, and spruce-fir), subalpine meadows, alpine communities, and scree and talus slopes. Please contact Bill Bowman to report any new findings that should be included in the lists.
Climate change may have profound effects on mountain forests and alpine tundra, and the benefits they provide to surrounding communities such as water, recreation, and forage. Warming of 2-5 °C is expected in the Rocky Mountains over the next 50 years.
Since 2009, a warming experiment run on Niwot Ridge by the University of California, Merced has been experimentally determining what...