On June 9, 2014 Rick Cookson, a reporter with the Colorado Springs Gazette, contacted Dr. Jill Baron regarding an article he is writing about the Great March for Climate Action. Dr. Baron discussed her research in Rocky Mountain National Park including how reduction of CO2 emissions also reduces other pollutants that harm human and environmental health. From the article: "Drought has caused mountain pine beetle populations to grow at an incredible rate, resulting in the destruction of more than 264,000 acres of forests statewide. Wildfires have wiped out more than 32,000 acres and killed four people in the Colorado Springs area alone. Flooding has caused millions of dollars in damage. "We've seen a lot of these changes in Colorado in our research," said Jill Baron, research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "All of it is directly related to climate changes." The article appeared in the Gazette on June 11.