Extreme Wildfires are Changing Western Forests

New studies show how high-intensity fires alter flower pollen, soil health and tree growth. Susan Prichard records data while doing research in an area affected by the Carlton Complex fire near Twisp, Washington. Her team’s research found that tree thinning and prescribed burns can help mature trees survive even extremely big and hot fires. David … Continue reading Extreme Wildfires are Changing Western Forests

THE DANGER OF SELF-ISOLATING FROM COVID-19 ON PUBLIC LANDS

Mt Craig, Rocky Mountain National Park Gateway communities grow wary of out-of-town crowds. Jessica Kutz/High Country News Ski resorts have shuttered. Disneyland is closed. Professional sports have been canceled. For most of the United States, social events and attractions ranging from museum visits to music festivals have vanished. But despite nationwide warnings that people should … Continue reading THE DANGER OF SELF-ISOLATING FROM COVID-19 ON PUBLIC LANDS

A Dangerous Cocktail Threatens the Gem of North Idaho

A dangerous cocktail threatens the gem of North Idaho, Upstream mining has left a toxic legacy at the bottom of Coeur d’Alene Lake. Emily Benson/High Country News Early this spring, a migrating flock of tundra swans flew toward a long and narrow body of water in North Idaho marked on today’s maps as Coeur d’Alene … Continue reading A Dangerous Cocktail Threatens the Gem of North Idaho

Colorado backcountry skier dies in avalanche near Jones Pass

Despite avalanche danger warnings in Colorado Thursday, an Empire man was backcountry skiing with friends near Jones Pass in Clear Creek County when an avalanche buried and killed him, authorities say. The name of the deceased skier has not been released. He was the seventh person killed by avalanches this season. A group of people was skiing… … Continue reading Colorado backcountry skier dies in avalanche near Jones Pass