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Study: Lower-elevation pine forests in Sierra Nevada NPs likely to be transformed by climate change

Iconic forests that stretch across Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Yosemite national parks are beginning to fray at the edges as the warming climate is creating unsuitable growing conditions for them, according to a study led by Stanford University researchers.

While stands of ponderosa pine, sugar pine, and Douglas fir found in the lower elevations of those parks might be able to tolerate the change in the short run, they more than likely will eventually be replaced by other species suited to a warmer climate if current trends continue, the researchers predict.

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