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Jul 31, 2014 — When there's a wildfire in California, odds are there are low-level offenders battling it. Inmates, trained by pros and making $2 a day, have become a crucial element of the state's wildfire response.
Jun 7, 2014 — Dignitaries like President Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah spoke at the memorial service at Wake Forest University.
Jun 6, 2014 — An environmental group is blasting Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme for buying palm oil from suppliers who destroy rain forest and peatlands. The group says sustainable palm oil should be used instead.
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.
May 18, 2013 — This week, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended lowering the legal limit of blood alcohol content for drivers to .05 or even lower. Currently, it's illegal to drive in all states with a BAC of .08 or higher. Host Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Anthony Liguori of Wake Forest School of Medicine about alcohol's impact on driving ability.
 

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.

Rural Fire Fighters Get Help With Wildfires

Like the rest of the Northeast, the North Country is experiencing drought or near-drought conditions. Climatologists are expecting high fire danger in the region's forests this summer. David Sommerstein reports New York is offering help to local fire departments that are often the first to respond to wildfires.  Go to full article

New York DEC Names New Head Ranger

After months of being vacant, the Department of Environmental Conservation has filled its position of the Head of Forest Rangers in New York State. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Eastern Hemlock

Stands of eastern hemlock can be kind of gloomy, and its bark is more prized than its lumber. Find out more about this North Country native from Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Sit on Conservation Funding After September 11

Conservation groups say New York's legislature is withholding on tens of millions of dollars that should be spent on environmental projects. The Environmental Protection Fund...  Go to full article

Wilmington Fire Closes Whiteface and High Falls Gorge

A forest fire near Wilmington has spread to cover nearly forty acres. There've been no injuries, but the blaze has forced officials to close Whiteface Mountain and the High...  Go to full article

No End in Sight for Finch Pruyn Strike

After months of stalled negotiations, the Finch Pruyn paper mill in Glenns Falls is urging workers to accept a new contract offer. The company is also threatening to hire...  Go to full article

Repair of Environmental Damage is Criticized

A pro-environment group is criticizing a plan by two state agencies to fix environmental damage in a Wild Forest area of the western Adirondacks. The damage was caused when...  Go to full article

Dry Spell and Adirondack Fires Continue

Volunteer crews and state forest rangers continue to battle fires in the Adirondacks. Dry conditions continue. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Discovering the Adirondack Old Growth Forests

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.  Go to full article

Six Adirondack Fires Since August 1

Dry windy weather and the carelessness of a half-dozen campers have brought a flurry of forest fires in the Adirondacks. Six blazes have been reported since August first....  Go to full article

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