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  • Analysis shows thinned forests were no match for last year's mega-fire in CA Sometimes even the best efforts to return a forest to a less fire-prone state go up in flames. This proved to be the case when the Rim fire created an inferno in California's Yosemite National Park last year.

  • A house burns in the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014, in San Marcos, California, in San Diego County. The blaze incinerated nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed almost 40 homes/ David McNew, Getty
    Beleaguered Firefighters Turn to New Technology As climate change and drought produce a fire season in the American West that is both longer and vastly more dangerous than past seasons, high tech is increasingly making its way to the flaming front, with the potential to revolutionize the way we fight devastating wildfires.

  • Carpenters Elementary outdoor education project ongoing The USFS had recently awarded a $23,000 grant that will help the Carpenters Elementary School Outdoor Environmental Classroom install interpretive signage at key locations throughout the site.

  • Photo:Jethro Taylor
    Forging a New Path More than a century ago, as America's first national parks began taking shape out West, there really wasn't too much else out there. Any human settlement would be taking place outside the well-defined boundaries of the newly created parks. The wilderness inside of them would always remain a safe, serene habitat. But that's not how it worked out.

  • 650-year-old tree succumbs to drought Yoda, a 7-foot-tall Douglas fir on the lava flows south of Grants, died this summer at the age of 650 or so. An icon for scientists studying the history of New Mexico's climate, Yoda survived many a drought.

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