New research coming out of Oregon State University points to climate change as a threat to the region's high mountain meadows.
Oregon Public Broadcasting's Amelia Templeton reports that the recently published study, funded by the Pacific Nothwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service, "adds to an established body of research ... connecting climate change to shrinking mountain meadows in the West." But the study's author, Harold Zald, says in spite of the research, "he finds minimal public awareness of the threats to meadows."
"We focus on older forests, we focus on salmon and endangered species in areas that are more accessible," Zald told OPB. "But there are a lot of important vegetation types like these meadows, that have really high biodiversity and conservation value, that have simply received much less attention.”