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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.
 

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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.

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 spent by students at the Ranger school in Wanakena. Brian Mann visited the remote campus, on the shore of Cranberry Lake in the western Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Fire Crews Battle Dozens of Blazes

In the last week, volunteer fire crews and state forest rangers have battled more than two dozen blazes across the north country. This spring's unseasonably dry, hot weather...  Go to full article

Forest Fire in Town of Keene

The latest Adirondack forest fire claimed ten acres in the town of Keene yesterday. Firefighters responded to reports of smoke just after 2 o'clock. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Community Forestry: the Arboreal Neighborhood

Martha Foley talks with arborist Paul Hetzler about "community forestry:" taking care of the trees most of us are closest to—trees that grow in parks, around schools...  Go to full article

Train Sparks Wildfire in Essex

High winds and dry weather have led to a rash of wildfires in the North Country this week. Nearly 500 acres of timber and farmland burned in the towns of Essex and Willsboro...  Go to full article

Firefighters Contain Lake Placid Blaze

Forest rangers and volunteer departments contain a forest fire in Lake Placid yesterday afternoon. Brian Mann reports  Go to full article

More Needed to Save Forests from Acid Rain

Some of the nation's top acid rain researchers say we'll have to do more to save northeastern forests, streams, and lakes from further harm. The Great Lakes Radio...  Go to full article

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