Canada’s wildfires are a country away but affect Colorado in multiple ways

By Sammy Herdman
The Colorado Newsline
September 5, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

The North American boreal forest is the world’s largest remaining undisturbed forest, covering more than one billion acres in Canada. …So far this year, fires have scorched nearly 40 million acres, which is an area roughly equal to two-thirds of Colorado. …Fine particulate matter pollution from Canada’s fires caused Colorado’s worst air quality days this summer. …A less immediate but equally severe impact of Canada’s wildfires is their contribution to climate change. …Colorado’s wildlife, too, may suffer from Canada’s fires. …Canada’s wildfires have and will impact Colorado’ air quality, climate, wildlife, economy, and understanding of successful wildfire mitigation and prevention techniques. Coloradans can also push back against the logging industry’s contribution to wildfires by making sustainable purchasing decisions. The U.S. is the largest consumer of Canada’s forestry exports. …Americans can reduce demand for logging in the boreal by purchasing refurbished lumber and paper products made of recycled fibers.

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