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Climate change impacts already very much in evidence at Mesa Verde, park officials say

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – Conversations about the impacts of climate change usually focus on what may or may not happen in the future. But at Mesa Verde National Park, the effects of an increasingly hot and dry climate are happening now and are only slated to get worse, park managers say.

Tim Hovezak, Mesa Verde’s cultural resource manager for the National Park Service, said nearly 70% of the landscape at the 52,485-acre park has been altered in just the last few decades for reasons that tie directly back to climate change. Namely, drought-driven fires.

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