How wildfires are changing the Santa Catalina Mountains

June 26, 2022 Ferns and burnt trees on the way to the Boxing Camp in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Tucson – Grasslands are being destroyed every year by wildfires and can be replaced by the Santa Catalina mountains in the Sonoran desert.

Wildfires, along with climate change, are changing the mountain range that borders Tucson. New plants will replace old ones that have grown over the centuries.

When hiking in the mountains, travelers You can see the resurgence of the Bighorn fire in 2020, which partially destroyed the Coronado National Forest. Bright green fur, some above the waist, in some areas cover the forest floor. They are in stark contrast to the burning of black trees in recent forest fires.

“When I was young, there were still more than six miles of sandwiches on the Molino Basin. According to Jim Malussa, a research scientist at the University of Arizona, those are now extinct, and it is now more grassland.

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