Raising the River by Razing the Trees


“People have talked about it literally for over 100 years, and the reality is it becomes very hard to implement,” said Lee H. MacDonald, a Colorado State University natural resources professor who co-wrote an extensive 2003 review of experiments to increase forest water yield. “Socially it’s not particularly acceptable…. It’s hard to cut enough trees to really make a substantial difference to the flow in the Colorado River.”