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Yellowstone: Evolution Of A National Treasure

Sep 21, 2008 — The greatest threat to Yellowstone in the coming years is development in surrounding areas where animals head in the winter, experts say. Park officials also face another challenge: striking a balance between preserving the ecosystem and allowing visitors to get the most from their trip.
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Sep 14, 2008 — The Yellowstone fires of 1988 were the harbinger of climate change in the West. Those blazes signaled that future wildfires would be massive and the norm during fire season. Scientists are working to understand this relationship between fires and a warming world by digging through layers of charcoal and reading tree rings.
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Sep 14, 2008 — Montana resident Stan Howe discusses his home state's Yellowstone River, what it means as a symbol to residents of the state and his childhood memories of it. His song recalls the river with pride.
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Sep 14, 2008 — The massive fires that engulfed Yellowstone National Park in 1988 burned 1.2 million acres in the area. While the blazes looked devastating, fire ecologists now know just how important they are to the park's vegetation.
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Sep 7, 2008 — On Aug. 20, 1988, Michael Stuckey was among the firefighters who found themselves surrounded by flames in Yellowstone National Park. Their fire-retardant clothing was catching fire and they could hardly breathe. For hours, the crews sat, waiting for the fire to move past them.
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Sep 7, 2008 — In the 105 years since it was built, the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park has undergone several restorations. A crucial project in 1987 included the installation of a system on the roof to soak the inn in case of fire. One year later, that system was put to the test.
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Aug 31, 2008 — In 1988, massive fires burned close to 1.2 million acres across the greater Yellowstone area. People worried that this American treasure would be permanently damaged. But it turns out the fires were instrumental in the national park's renewal.
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Aug 29, 2008 — Twenty years ago this summer, Yellowstone caught fire. The flames scorched about 1.2 million acres across the area, leaving the impression that the world's first national park had been destroyed.
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Aug 17, 2008 — Robert Smith checks in with Weekend Edition Sunday regular host Liane Hansen, who is on assignment in Yellowstone National Park. In a preview of her September series, Hansen talks about the evolving dynamics of fire protection in the park, and reveals what "a good Elk day" is.
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