Fire history of the Southern Rockies
R. Scott Anderson's Fire History of the Southern Rockies
project, largely funded by the USGS and Los Alamos National Laboratory, seeks
to determine the long-term relationships and history of fire, vegetation and
climate in the Southern Rockies of Colorado and New Mexico.
Dr. Anderson and his colleagues chose to concentrate on the
mixed conifer forests and spruce-fir forests, partly because they knew little
about the history of fire there, and partly because appropriate sites are more
abundant at those elevations.
The sites consist of small lakes, bogs and wetlands, found
in the southern Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, and the
northern Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains of Colorado. These sites are
found mostly to the west of the Rio Grande Valley, but they are adding sites to
the east side as well.
Photo 1: Little Molas Lake, San Juan Mts, Colorado (Spruce & Fir Zone)
Photo 2: Laguna Tonito, NM (Pine - Oak Woodland Zone)