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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 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.
Jun 8, 2013 — Guest host Tess Vigeland talks with NPR's Kirk Siegler about the early wildfire season this year in the west and whether or not a new fleet of air tankers promised to the forest service will be ready in time for the worst of the season.
 

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.

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 Falls Gorge. Brian Mann reports.  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 permanent replacement workers. As Brian Mann reports, union leaders say the deal isn't good enough.  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 the Department of Environmental Conservation did maintenance work on an old logging road. Brian Mann has details.  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

Dry Spell Heats Up Fire Season

The fire danger is high--the DEC has suspended all burning permits in several counties, and there have been fires in the Adirondacks. Martha Foley talks with a ranger about...  Go to full article

Beech Bark Disease Spreading

A disease that's destroying trees is spreading through parts of the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

New York Disabled Gain Assisted Access to More State Land

New York state has agreed to provide disabled people with greater access to roads and attractions in state-owned forest land in the Adirondacks. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

A Tiny College In A Big Wilderness: A Profile of the Wanakena Ranger School

This time of year, thousands of college students in the north country are graduating and preparing to move on. Most have had unique experiences, but few can match the year...  Go to full article

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