Our Conservation Effort
According to One Tree Planted, over the past 30 years, Colorado’s climate has become 2°F warmer, and this trend is already having impacts. The top 10 largest fires in Colorado history have all occurred since 2002. Warmer and drier conditions have contributed to the largest bark beetle outbreaks in the state’s recorded history. Spruce beetle outbreaks have affected 1.7 million acres, and nearly 3.4 millioncumulative acres have been impacted by Mountain Pine beetle.Healthy forests are one of the best defenses against threats associated with a changing climate. Colorado's forests play a critical role in our ability to deal with climate change, because trees in healthy forests store and absorb carbon that might otherwise end up in the atmosphere. Young and vigorously growing forests absorb the most carbon dioxide, while dead or burned trees release this greenhouse gas back into the atmosphere. Planting trees helps stabilize our climate, as well as ensuring our beautiful forests can be enjoyed for generations to come!