Color week begins on Monday, September 17th, but this year people may notice something missing.
Aspen Trees were once plentiful in Colorado but now the entire state is seeing the species slowly die out in what officials are calling "Sudden Aspen Decline". A severe drought in 2001 and 2002 is being blamed for weakening the trees and making them susceptible to secondary diseases and infestations.
S.A.D is quickly taking over forests and threatening the future of Aspen forests and wildlife habitat. Silvacultralist Carol McKenzie says that it's too early to determine how widespread the problem will get or how long it will continue to affect Aspen trees. If this problem continues to get worse it will affect our wildlife habitat, economy, and our beautiful Colorado scenery.