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Climate Change and Mixed Conifer/Aspen Systems in New Mexico: Considerations for Managers

Although skepticism about the importance of climate change and its anthropogenic influences still exists throughout the various natural resource professions, the tide seems to have turned with respect to forestry. This shift in opinion is exemplified by the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) new commitment to the issue. The USFS has recently prioritized climate-based research and Chief Gail Kimbell has stated that “history will judge the leaders of our age by how well we respond to climate change. It is time for a coordinated, agency-wide response to climate change.”

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