It takes a lot of ingredients for a forest to grow on a mountain. Snow in the winter is one of them.
So what happens when snowstorms get few and far between, as in this winter? That's a question we will likely see the answer to in the years ahead.
And it's a subject Dr. Anne Nolin has already been considering in her work at Oregon State University's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. She talks about "Snow-forest Interactions in a Changing World" in the next geology lecture at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay (on March 3rd).
Does less snow automatically mean less forest? We find out.