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All is not well with America’s public lands

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Article courtesy of the American Lands Council

On May 19-20, the Beartooth Front Community Forum — “a grassroots, nonpartisan organization that seeks to retain and enhance the quality of life in the Red Lodge, Montana area” — hosted a two-day event called “Knowing the Land”.

The implication, for the uninitiated, is that this organization provides a neutral platform for speakers to engage with a public audience.

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Alaska on fire – real-time tracking!

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A researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has created a map to help track Alaska’s many wildfires.

As of Tuesday, 502 fires have swept across Alaska, burning nearly 400,000 acres of land, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Human-caused fires account for more than half of the blazes, but those fires have burned less than 9,000 acres.

Lightning caused the remaining fires (except one, which has no cause listed), which have burned the vast majority of land — more than 384,000 acres.

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Nearly half of Nevada’s population lives in areas of high wildfire risk

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A changing climate could increase the risk of large wildfires in states across the West, including Nevada, which has seen relatively mild wildfire activity in the past. That’s according to a report from nonprofit organization Climate Central, which expects Nevada will add 20 days of annual high wildfire potential by 2050, the fifth-largest increase among the 11 Western states included in the study.

Rising temperatures, increasingly parched landscapes and changes to the snowpack are contributing to the regional trend, argues the wildfire report released last month.

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Wildfire Control Suffers from Activists’ Undue Influence

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On August 13, 2015, a congressional staffer inspecting the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness Area, straddling the Oregon-Washington State border, had just finished eating lunch when a violent lightning storm suddenly appeared.

Nasty surprises are common in this rugged, forested mountain terrain not far from the Idaho state line.

“There were strikes at least once every minute, big ones, and most of them hit trees,” said the staffer.

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Wildfire fuel: 26 million trees died in the Sierra since October

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A lethal combination of drought, heat and voracious bark beetles has killed 26 million trees in the Sierra Nevada over the last eight months — an alarming finding for a state already raging with wildfires fueled by desiccated landscapes.

The dire estimate offered Wednesday by federal officials brings the loss of trees since 2010 to at least 66 million, a number that is expected to increase considerably throughout the year, despite an average winter of rain and snow that brought some relief to urban Californians.

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