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What’s Killing the Ponderosa Pines?

“Leslie, something’s killing my pine trees.  They are all turning brown, and we have to keep cutting down trees.  Do you know what it is?” My neighbor calling me gave me the first hint that something was infesting pine trees.  In that moment, though, I thought hers to be a…

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Record Snow Pack

539% of normal.  That is just plain crazy. But this week, the snow pack totals for the entire state of Colorado were 539% of normal.  If that sounds like a lot, just take a trip to the San Juan Mountains near Durango.  It’s over 700% of normal there. Yes, we…

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Smokey’s Big Birthday

“Don’t forget your farewell party is tonight.  We’ve got big plans.” “Can’t wait.  It will be fun to have one more last hurrah.” So I met with my friends and colleague from the Truckee Ranger District, where I’d spent the last six months working.  Firefighters, foresters, trail workers, all gathered…

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My Green Thumb

“Here’s a present for you!” my friend proclaimed. With that, she presented me a small fig plant in a tiny container, about 3 inches in diameter.  I put it on the end table in my living room and did my best to keep it alive. At the time, I lived…

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