National Park and Forest Employees Fight Power with Passion

In These Times; 8/22/2011
Excerpt:  ” ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO–As I was watching aspens stir in the breeze on a wildflower-covered hillside in Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend, a National Park Service ranger and naturalist approached
and asked if I had seen any bighorn sheep. I hadn’t, but he proceeded to describe with great passion and knowledge a host of issues affecting this fragile and famous park and national parks and forests nationwide….”

Read more at :  http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/11850/park_and_forest_service_employees_fight_power_with_passion/

Federal Stimulus Funds for Nevada’s Green-Industry Grows Trees, But Few Jobs

Fox News; 8/22
Excerpt:  “A federal stimulus grant of nearly $500,000 to grow trees and stimulate the economy in Nevada yielded a whopping 1.72 jobs, according to government statistics.   In 2009, the U.S. Forest Service awarded $490,000 of stimulus money to Nevada’s Clark County Urban Forestry Revitalization Project, aimed at revitalizing urban neighborhoods in the county with trees, plants, and green-industry training…”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/22/taxpayer-union-slams-stimulus-project-for-lack-jobs-officials-say-it-wasnt/#ixzz1VmqQBqBp

S. Ariz. land bounces back after scorching

Deseret News; 8/22/2011

Excerpt:  “NOGALES, Ariz. — Visitors to the now-lush landscape
around Pena Blanca Lake just might be confused when they see a sign
warning them they are entering a burn area.
Bolstered by the summer monsoons, grass, leaves and
brush have been growing back at a rapid rate since the Murphy Complex
fire burned more than 68,000 acres west of I-19 two months ago. This
re-growth — and the fact that no homes were damaged by a spate of
wildfires around the county — has some experts saying the fires may have actually been a good thing for the ecosystem…..”

Read more: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700172659/S-Ariz-land-bounces-back-after-scorching.html