Forests

Probe: 30-Minute Radio Blackout Before 19 Arizona Firefighters Died

"PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A three-month investigation into the June deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters found that the men ceased radio communication for a half hour before they were killed in a wildfire blaze, but did not assign fault. Some family members say that reluctance could put other lives in danger."

Source: AP, 09/30/2013
September 30, 2013

DEADLINE: $20,000 Grant for Reporting on the Next Big Idea for Forest Conservation

Mongabay.org launched a new journalism program that funds in-depth or investigative reporting on key environmental topics. The first reporting opportunity under the Special Reporting Initiatives program is titled: Innovation in tropical biodiversity conservation. The fellow chosen can work from anywhere in the world. Apply by Sep 30, 2013.

"As Adirondack Reserve Grows, Asking How Wild It Should Stay"

"MINERVA, N.Y. -- A 250-foot waterfall, one of the tallest in the Northeast, tumbles over giant slabs of marble. A chain of 13 crystalline lakes and ponds teems with bass and lake trout. A 10-mile stretch of the Hudson River gorge winds through dense stands of hemlock, white pine and red maple."

Source: NY Times, 09/19/2013

"Rim Fire Pushes Deeper Into Yosemite, Threatens Bay Area Water Source"

"The largest wildfire in the United States continued its destructive march through the Sierra Nevada on Tuesday, pushing further into Yosemite National Park and for the first time burning nearly to the edge of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the linchpin of the water supply for 2.6 million Bay Area residents from San Francisco to Silicon Valley."

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 08/28/2013

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