Climate study warns of changes to Shoshone Forest and YNP

Posted: Mar 19, 2012

Written by

MARTIN KIDSTON, Billings Gazette
Shoshone NF

Summer visitors to the Shoshone National Forest and Yellowstone National Park could benefit from a warming climate, though fires would probably increase, water would run short by season’s end, and some species could vanish from the landscape.

Those are predictions of a new study released by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. The report looks at the impacts that climate change would have on the Shoshone and the consequences to the surrounding ecosystem.

The Shoshone, the nation’s first national forest and a prized piece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, covers 2.4 million acres of mountainous topography in northwest Wyoming.

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