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Wildfire

What’s in Your Fire Box?

The smell of smoke is in the air again.  And as I drive down to work, I hear about a small fire that ignited on Sugarloaf Road.  Fortunately, the fire fighters jump on it quickly and snuff it out when it is only around seven acres. But thinking about how…

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Some day…

Many years ago when I worked for the C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland, I had an interesting conversation with a co-worker, Lorraine.  I always enjoyed talking to Lorraine, because she was one of the kindest people I knew. “So Lorraine, how long until retirement?” “I only have one…

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Youth in conservation

“You were a Park Ranger?  My son wants to become a Park Ranger, can you talk with him?” Such is the conversation I’m having with a woman I met on the trail last summer in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  It’s a common question I get when people found out I…

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