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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.
Chris Van Maaren explains pond life (including leeches) to students
Chris Van Maaren explains pond life (including leeches) to students

Sixth graders explore the natural world at annual Conservation Field Day

Friday, June 10th proved an exciting day for Saint Lawrence County sixth graders. Students attended the annual Conservation Field Day at Indian Creek Nature Center near Rensselaer Falls. Sarah Harris joined them to learn about wildlife, wetlands, and the importance of conservation.  Go to full article
Russell Martin checks an EAB trap last summer.

Story 2.0: purple boxes part of losing battle to save ash trees

The purple boxes are up on ash trees again this summer. They're traps for the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that has devastated ash stands in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. In this state, the insect's been confined to western New York. Today we revisit the fight against the emerald ash borer. David Sommerstien has more.  Go to full article
Whiteface Mountain is barely visible, obscured by smoke from the Quebec forest fires yesterday.<br />Photo taken by Judy Andrus Toporcer, near Lake Placid Airport on Monday, May 31, 2010

Rain offers relief from wildfires still burning in Quebec

Rain forecast across New York and Vermont, as well as parts of Ontario and Quebec could "wash away" smokey haze that drifted south into the U.S. from Canada yesterday. Meteorologist Brooke Taber of the National Weather Service in Burlington also says shifting winds could send the smoke back north as the storms pass through.

Acrid haze blanketed a vast area yesterday -- from central Ontario and Quebec across New York's North Country and much of New England.

While the weather shift may provide some relief, Quebec firefighters are still trying to contain some of the dozens of wildfires. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

DEC tickets drivers for transporting firewood

As seasonal residents and tourists start returning to the Adirondack North Country, the Department of Environmental Conservation is stepping up enforcement of bans against...  Go to full article
Photo: Institute for Sustainable Communication

A new media question: paper, or digital?

We make personal choices everyday that affect the environment. At the grocery store: paper, or plastic? Going out the front door: car, or bicycle? Pay bills by check, or...  Go to full article

DEC chief focused on stewardship in lean times

Governor Paterson's proposed budget would vastly rein in what New York can do with its environmental resources. The plan would slash the Environmental Protection Fund by a...  Go to full article

No paperless office yet

When the computer-age took off in the 1990s, lots of people thought we'd use a lot less paper. But that hasn't happened. Julie Grant reports on why environmentalists are so...  Go to full article
OK Slip Falls would be protected as part of the Finch deal (Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy of Nature Conservancy)

State DEC confirms that Finch, Pruyn deal "will have to wait"

State officials have confirmed that a plan to add more than sixty thousand acres of land to the Adirondack forest preserve is on hold until the state budget crisis has...  Go to full article

Finch Pruyn deal at risk as governor proposes moratorium on Adirondack land buys

Governor Paterson's budget plan would slash also tens of millions of dollars from environmental and land conservation programs. In the proposal unveiled yesterday, state...  Go to full article

APA controversy: What happened to the Mayes?

Yesterday, North Country Public Radio reported on allegations that a conspiracy existed between state officials and the Nature Conservancy in the town of Black Brook. ...  Go to full article

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