Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Nitrogen affecting Rocky Mountain National Park hails from east, study says

Winter scene at LVWS at RMNPThe highest concentrations of trace nitrogen affecting ecology in Rocky Mountain National Park originate from sources east of the park, according to initial results of a new study by Colorado State University researchers...

Much of the work evaluating effects on the ecosystem in Rocky Mountain National Park has been done by Jill Baron, senior research scientist in Colorado State's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory within the Warner College of Natural Resources, with the U.S. Geological Survey and colleagues. Among the negative effects of increased nitrogen in the park are the proliferation of grasses and fewer wildflowers in the tundra and spruce trees that are more vulnerable to drought and insects, Baron has said.

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