"One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery"

"Eric Knapp breaks apart a burned pine cone, looking for seeds — in his line of work this is considered a clue.

"Going into an area after a fire, you almost feel like CSI, you know, sleuthing," Knapp says.

He is standing in a part of the Stanislaus National Forest that was severely burned by the Rim Fire. Knapp, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, is studying how forests recover."

Lauren Sommer reports for NPR's All Things Considered August 18, 2014.

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