Our Future Forest

Seedling of Future Forest

The forests’ older pine trees may be dying, but they are replenished with young trees sprouting underneath the red and grey trees. The forests continue on, creating new life that will be seen for generations to come.

These regenerating forests can take many different paths, depending on various factors including local climate and the presence of other trees such as aspen, spruce, and fir. Some beetle-killed forests may grow back with more natural diversity than exists today, and others may regenerate back to pure single-aged lodgepole pine. The U.S. Forest Service, in some cases, can actively manage the forest, and in other cases they will monitor, gather information, and practice adaptive management to nudge those areas away from a single species of pine trees that could end up with this same situation we see today.

Water will continue to be an important resource of the future forests. More than 2.5 million people in the Denver Metropolitan area and the Front Range receive their water from beetle-infested areas. Fuel reduction projects and other projects are needed in these areas to protect essential water supplies. 



Small trees regenerate in the White River National Forest