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  • Experts gather at the US Forest Service nursery / Kathy Plonka
    Experts set sights on saving threatened whitebark pines Whitebark pines are tough trees. They are among the first plants to colonize barren ridgetops. And from thin, rocky soils, they produce oil-rich seeds that feed a host of wildlife, from squirrels to birds to grizzly bears. But whitebark pines need help if the species is going to survive.

  • A firefighter battles the King fire along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California /NOAH BERGER, REUTERS
    Record Drought Hastens Dramatic Spread of California Wildfires The explosive growth of a massive wildfire in northern California's drought-parched Sierra Nevada Mountains this week has stunned firefighters, defying all predictions about how quickly it would grow.

  • Cost-share programs encourage most to mitigate wildfire danger but not some at greatest risk Most homeowners are willing to take part in cost-sharing that helps pay for wildfire risk mitigation on their properties, but some of those with the highest wildfire risk are the least likely to participate in those programs, according to a collaborative study.

  • U.S. Forest Service research ecologist Susan Meyer examining cheatgrass seeds for signs of Black Fingers of Death pathogen near West Mountain south of Provo, Utah / Tom Kenworthy
    How The 'Black Fingers Of Death' Can Help Defeat Climate Change This small city on the Wasatch Front south of Salt Lake City seems an unlikely locale for what could turn out to be an important battle against climate change. But here research ecologist Susan Meyer and her colleagues are working laboriously to defeat a tenacious alien plant, cheatgrass, once dubbed the "invader that won the West."

  • 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.

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