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Western water threatened by wildfire: it's not just a public lands issue

Author(s): American Forest Foundation
Year Published: 2015
Description:

Water is the arid West’s most precious and most vulnerable resource. Western water allows metropolises to bloom in the desert, it fuels America’s largest agricultural economy and it supports a ski industry worth more than $6 billion to state and local economies (Burakowski and Magnusson, 2012). The delivery of clean and abundant water is extremely sensitive to disaster, whether natural or man-made. As years-long drought conditions across the region reinforce, the water quantity and quality in the West is never certain.

Citation: American Forest Foundation. 2015. Western water threatened by wildfire: it's not just a public lands issue.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Water
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 13731
Record updated: Dec 15, 2015