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Warmer Winters Negatively Impact Tourism and Forest Health

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In recent years, unreliable snow cover and wild temperature swings have caused headaches for our winter recreation industry, and all those who love to ski, ice-fish, or snowmobile.  But the impacts go beyond disappointment: there are animal and forest health affects as well, including the beloved Sugar maple. 

GUESTS:

  • Elizabeth Burakowski - Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at UNH. 
  • Jessyca Keeler - Executive Director at Ski New Hampshire, a statewide association that represents the 33 alpine and cross country ski areas in the state. 
  • Steven Roberge - Natural resources field specialist at the UNH Cooperative Extension. 

Related reading:

Check out Climate Central's interactive map that shows how much temperature has changed in cities across the U.S.

"UNH Climate Research: Less Snow Hurts Economies & Environment," by Annie Ropeik for NHPR. 

"The Economic Contributions of Winter Sports in a Changing Climate," from Protect Our Winters. 

"UNH Research Finds Warmer, Snow-Free Winters May Increase Carbon Dioxide Losses in Forests, Gains on Farms," from UNH.

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