Timmons and Springer work in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, which were burned during last year's Wallow Fire. The largest fire in Arizona history, Wallow barreled through a half-million acres of forest.
Northern Arizona University students Zac Timmons (left) and Karen Kralicek (center) work with plant ecologist Judy Springer in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in east-central Arizona. They are studying the effects of forest restoration treatments following the Wallow Fire of 2011.
Madison Daniels, a student at Northern Arizona University, takes a short break from gathering data in a meadow in Apache-Sitgreaves. Both students and faculty live in the forest for weeks while they conduct their ecological research.
Wally Covington is director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He helped create the 4FRI project, whose goal is to restore the natural Ponderosa pine forest.
The Forest Service is thinning and treating the forest around the Sierra de los Pinos neighborhood in the Jemez Mountains, west of Los Alamos, N.M. The goal is to reduce the threat posed by future megafires.
A thinned and treated forest in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, near the Santa Fe watershed. To effectively protect against wildfire threats, the Forest Service needs to burn tree litter and other detritus that remain on the forest floor.
A view of the Valles Caldera. The valley served as a high-mountain pasture for ranchers for years. In the distance you can see the Santa Fe National Forest, which burned during the 2011 Las Conchas fire.
Last year's Wallow Fire, the largest in Arizona history, barreled through the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, in the east-central part of the state. The forests are now being thinned to reduce the threat posed by future wildfires.
Forests in the Southwest have become a fuel stockpile. A century of U.S. Forest Service policy of quashing all fires has allowed forests to become overgrown, and now a warming climate is making the problem worse.
Scientists are trying to defuse these green time bombs. Is it too late?
Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 3:19 pm
An experimental drug that aimed to slow the development of plaques and help clear them from the brains of Alzheimer's patients failed in two late-stage studies conducted by Eli Lilly & Co., the company said today.
On the next Galactic Travels, I will conclude the month-long Special Focus on the Tangent Project. The Featured CD at Midnight will be Surface. I will also play music from one of the many artists who will be appearing at the upcoming electro-music festival being held September 7 to 9 at the Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, NY.
In Commerce, Mich., today, The Associated Press reports, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney told supporters that he and his wife, Ann, had been born in nearby hospitals. Then, Romney added, "no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised."
Families wait for hours to register at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan along the northern border in early July. Within a few weeks, the population of the camp more than doubled, leading to shortages of food, water and medicine.
White tents scatter across the Yida refugee camp along northern border of South Sudan on June 29. The international aid community is struggling to provide food and medical supplies to the families after heavy rains blocked roads to the camp.
Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:35 pm
Two weeks ago, we premiered the video for Lord Huron's "Time to Run," in which the group ran around in the desert simulating an old Spaghetti Western — and, with the help of its director, captured the washed-out look and feel of old film stock.
Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 8:03 am
Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is a modern-day troubadour whose crooning voice and acoustic folk songs often get him compared to Bob Dylan. Matsson recently released his third full-length solo album, There's No Leaving Now, under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth.
Between mass tourism and the Internet, it's never been easier to learn about other cultures. Yet we often stay on the surface. Watching the Olympics opening ceremony a few weeks ago, I was struck by how much of what was presented as quintessential Britishness came from pop culture — James Bond and Mary Poppins and the chorus to "Hey Jude." Although Britain had a global empire not that long ago, the show's director, Danny Boyle, grasped that the world's image of his green and pleasant land now largely derives from movies and songs.