Now, almost two decades later, park managers and biologists are concerned that the piñon-juniper woodland is showing virtually no signs of growing back, posing the tough question: Will Mesa Verde’s iconic forests ever be the same?“We’re very concerned about the park’s woodlands,” said George San Miguel, Mesa Verde’s natural resource manager.D., with an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 people living in the area – more than today’s population. D., the last inhabitants left Mesa Verde, probably because of a period of prolonged drought, for other locations in Arizona and New Mexico, where their descendants live today.
Settlement of the Mesa Verde region, which spans parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, dates back to 9,500 B. But the height of Mesa Verde’s civilization is considered to have occurred from about 900 to 1280 A.
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Carbon dating of sediment deposits found that at one time Mesa Verde supported ponderosa and Douglas fir in wetter years and was absent of piñon-juniper in drier years.
From 2000 to 2003, a series of wildfires ripped through Mesa Verde National Park, burning about 24,000-acres – nearly half of the park’s old growth forest.