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Feb 7, 2014 — Communication breakdowns can be fatal for firefighters, but are all too easy when crews are shrouded in smoke and a blaze is moving fast. Florida, with its millions of acres of forest and grassland, has rolled out a new system that can pinpoint crews without relying on voice communication.
Jul 18, 2013 — Over the past decade, fires in the American West have grown in intensity and size. "We're on a growth trajectory that is very scary," says one fire tracker. "And if we think it's expensive and dangerous now, we're just now seeing the very beginnings of how big this problem is going to be very soon."
Jul 7, 2013 — Writer and photojournalist Michael Kodas says forest management, climate change and growing population complicate fire fighting.
Jun 14, 2013 — The fire that is being called the most destructive in the history of Colorado is now 30 percent contained. But 400 houses have been destroyed in the blaze.
Jun 13, 2013 — Around 360 homes near Colorado Springs had been destroyed by midday Thursday. The wildfire there is one of several burning across the state. Two bodies were recovered Thursday in the burn area of the Black Forest fire near the city.
 

Special Features

Photo Audio Essay
Protecting the Tug Hill Plateau: Fish Creek
Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein visited the “East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest” to see how the plan is shaping up.
Photo Audio Essay
Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
Audio Series
Green Initiatives
Brian Mann reports on businesses in the Adirondacks that are embracing private sector green initiatives. It's a new kind of management that weds profits with a healthy environment.
John Ferrier offers tips on safety and sharpening. Photo: Lucy Martin.
John Ferrier offers tips on safety and sharpening. Photo: Lucy Martin.

Safety first with chainsaws

There are plenty of reasons to have a chainsaw, from getting ready for winter to cleaning up after a storm.

Useful as it may be, a chainsaw can slice through flesh and bone in the blink of an eye. That's why experts recommend paying close attention to safety - whatever your level of experience.

A number of organizations offer chainsaw safety courses, including one conducted in Kemptville, Ontario this April by the Lower Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association.

Lucy Martin sat in to learn more.  Go to full article
The Nature Conservancy acknowledges that silt from this site reached a trout stream (Photo:  Dan Snyder)

Nature Conservancy loggers accused of damaging Adirondack trout stream

The Adirondack Nature Conservancy has emerged in recent years as one of the largest owners of timberland in the North Country.

The green group uses certified logging methods designed to protect rivers and other sensitive ecosystems.

But a landowner in Essex County is accusing the Conservancy's tree-cutters of damaging a certified trout stream.

As Brian Mann reports, state officials have opened an investigation.  Go to full article
Finch Pruyn deal changes Adirondack conservation map (Source: ANC)

Year ends with $30M timberland protection deal

Environmental groups are praising the state of New York for its decision to buy conservation and recreation easements on nearly 90,000 acres of timberland and wilderness scattered among 27 towns in the Adirondacks.

The deal involving lands once owned by the Finch Pruyn paper company was brokered by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

According to a statement issued yesterday, New York State will pay 30 million dollars to protect the land and buy access for public recreation. The money will come from the state's Environmental Protection Fund.  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy

The Crystal: A New Year's tale from northern Quebec

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy shares a midwinter tale about a young logger and a flying canoe at a lumber camp in northern Quebec.  Go to full article
Gaylan Parke, left, and dad Adam get ready to deliver an 11-foot tall Balsam to a Brooklyn family. He'll even help set up the tree. Photo by Amy Eddings.

Christmas tree farmers go to market--in Brooklyn

December is typically a good time for business. And one of the best places to sell things is New York City. That's why every year a number of hardy Northeastern tree farmers...  Go to full article
Adult Emerald Ash Borer

Biologist predicts end for ash trees

The invasive Emerald Ash Borer is expected to kill off all ash trees across the U.S. That's according to Mark Whitmore. The Cornell University entomologist spoke with...  Go to full article
Rick Bates stands next to his wood-powered truck

Fill 'er up - with wood

For just about everybody who drives, filling up the tank is one of those things you just have to do. But not Rick Bates. His pick up truck runs on wood.

So,...  Go to full article

Adirondack Park Agency approves bigger landfill for Ti paper mill

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved a major expansion to a sludge landfill operated by International Paper in Ticonderoga. Yesterday's decision by the APA board was...  Go to full article
Forest Pathologist Dale Bergdahl is an expert in the butternut tree and the canker that's killing the species<br />Photo by Jane Lindholm

Researchers hope for a "super" butternut tree

Butternut trees are dying across the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada. A fungus is killing the big trees much like Dutch elm disease killed American elms over the...  Go to full article
Summit Steward Andy Testo at the top of Mount Marcy

Heard Up North: Teaching Hikers on Mount Marcy

Andy Testo is a summit steward posted atop Mount Marcy, New York's highest peak, this summer. He teaches hikers about the fragile alpine ecosystem, works to maintain the...  Go to full article

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