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Harmed by climate disruption: wildflower meadows of Mount Rainier

Wildflowers bloom into fall Tuesday in the meadows near Paradise at Mount Rainier.
Wildflowers bloom into fall Tuesday in the meadows near Paradise at Mount Rainier. Dean J. Koepfler / The News Tribune

Nothing lures visitors to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park like the transitory displays of wildflowers on the high meadows.

But summer sojourns could fade into memory and panoramic vistas vanish as alpine asters, rosy pussytoes and purple lupines are crowded out by trees.

A long-term decline in mountain snowpack permits trees to grow in places where they couldn’t otherwise establish a foothold.

Read the full story at thenewstribune.com.

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