2016 report on the health of Colorado's forests
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Fire and water. The words themselves evoke contrasting forces of nature - fire, often viewed as an all-consuming inferno of destruction; water, a quenching and life-sustaining means of rejuvenation. But such generalizations are not always accurate, especially in Colorado. Fire is necessary to the ecology of healthy forests, and can be a useful wildland firefighting tool for containment and fuels reduction, while life-giving streams and rivers may turn into raging torrents that cause heavy erosion and loss of property and life. So important are these two natural elements that we've chosen them ...