Government firefighting policies, climate change bad for trees in West

Columbia Dispatch: The hills are beautiful, a rolling, green landscape of grasses and shrubs under a late-summer sky. But it is starkly different from what was in this part of northwestern New Mexico before: vast forests of ponderosa pine. The repeated blazes that devastated the trees were caused by simple things: an improperly extinguished campfire in 1996, a tree falling on a power line in 2011. What happened after the fire, however -- or, more accurately, what has not happened -- was a departure from the normal......

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