Deseret News 8/20/2012
Excerpt: ” ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If lightning strikes in the New Mexico wilderness and starts a fire, the blaze would normally be little more than a blip on the radar of land managers who have earned a reputation for letting flames burn to keep forested lands from growing into a tangled mess.
This season is different. Now firefighters are trekking deep into the Gila National Forest with trains of equipment-carrying horses and one overriding goal: snuffing out all fires, no matter how small or remote. …”
Read entire story at http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765598050/Forest-Service-now-tries-to-tamp-out-every-flame.html?pg=all
Knoxville News Sentinel; 8/20/2012
Excerpt: “The News Sentinel is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail with seven days of stories, photographs and graphics on the legendary trail. We started Wednesday with memories submitted from those who have hiked the trail. The memories continued on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before presenting a large section on the trail Sunday and following up with stories on volunteers, life-changing experiences, towns and the future of the trail on Monday and Tuesday.
Read entire story at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/aug/20/editorial-happy-trails-the-appalachian-trail-75/
Dow Jones News Service 8/19/2012
Excerpt: “Scientists are on the brink of engineering a blight-resistant American chestnut tree, renewing hope for a comeback of a long-celebrated species that is valued by business for its sturdy hardwood.
For the first time, techniques used to genetically engineer sturdier farm crops are being tapped to bring back a devastated native species–one that once numbered in the billions and covered much of the East Coast. Entire forests were laid to waste by an Asian fungus introduced around 1900, and healthy chestnuts now exist only in a smattering of places in the American West, where the blight didn’t reach. ….”
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