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  • Villagers In Portuguese Creek
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    In Jack Hodgins latest novel, Broken Ground, the inhabitants of the small forest community of Portuguese Creek are deeply affected by its extreme conditions. Matthew Pearson, a local farmer and former soldier, has his life utterly transformed from living in Portuguese Creek. For Tanner Pearson, Matthew's ten year old son, living in Portuguese Creek has nothing but negative consequences. Lastly, Charlie MacKintosh, Tanner's friend, is adversely affected by his time spent in the harsh wilderness o...
  • Tropical Rain Forests
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    Rain Forests All the Way The discussions these days are why are the rain forests depleting Well this research will help change the opinions of many people. Some facts about rain forests are, Tropical rain forests occupy about 7 percent of the earths surface but harbor as much as 50 percent of the worlds plant and animal species. Also about 57 percent of all rain forests remaining are in the tropics in the Western Hemisphere: 30 percent are in Brazil. At the current rate of deforestation, tropica...
  • Huge Role In Natural Forests
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    The 10: 00 a.m. policy and the let it burn policy are both good ideas in theory but the aftermath to them are both costly in their own ways and helpful in others. In the 10: 00 a.m. policy it leaves much kindling on the forest floor from each fire and in turn causing the next fire to be more disastrous to the environment. Then there is the let it burn policy which also is extremely dangerous to the environment because it destroys millions of acres of land and for a period of time before the re-g...
  • Bush's Healthy Forest Initiative
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    As people of the twenty-first century, we are all too familiar with the frequent occurrence of wildfires in our nation's forests. Each year millions of acres of woodlands are destroyed in brutal scorches. It has been estimated that 190 million acres of range lands in the United States are highly susceptible to catastrophic fires (web). About a third of these high-risk forests are located in California (web). These uncontrollable blazes not only consume our beautiful forests but also the wildlife...
  • Prior Experience With Fires And Forest Regeneration
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    Ecological Restoration of Forests and Fires One of the most predominate ecosystems is the forest community. Covering about one-fourth of the land area on Earth, forests consist mainly of trees and other woody vegetation, growing closely together. The trees can be large and densely packed, as they are in the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest, or they can be relatively small and sparsely scattered, as they are in the dry tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa. Forests are complex ecosystems...
  • Case Of Campaign Finance Reform
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    "Only YOU can prevent forest fires". This famous quote, by Smokey the Bear, is a statement that essentially defines momentum. Momentum, in the case of forest fires, is detrimental momentum. We " ve all seen the commercial, the bright red Ferrari driving down the road, flicking a cigarette out the window. It rolls onto a pile of dry leaves, and suddenly, the leaf is smoking! Oh no! The leaves have caught fire and it is spreading to a nearby tree! Soon, nearby trees have caught fire, and thus the ...
  • South Sister
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    Kelly k Feb. 17 1999 English 10 Narrative When my uncle invited me to climb South Sister with him in the summer of 1996 I was ecstatic. It had always been a dream of mine and now I would get a chance to achieve it. We left Corvallis at around 9 am August 23 morning and traveled to Sisters for lunch. From Sisters, we drove to Devil's Lake Trailhead and left our truck there. Next, we hiked to Moraine Lake for an overnight camp. That night my uncle went over things that I could expect on the mounta...
  • Cerro Grande Fire
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    Late one Wednesday night in May, my girlfriend and I spotted some smoke and could see lava-like fire coming from the Jemez Mountains. We knew right away that it was a forest fire, but did not know how serious it was. We drove to my house to ask my dad what was happening in and around the Atomic City. He didnt know the details of the fire, so we turned on the TV to get some information about it. Every channel was talking about the Cerro Grande fire that had started from a prescribed burn. The res...
  • Forest Service Fire Officer
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    It's a promising tool, this idea of prescribed burning to de fuel forests and help restore ecosystem health. But it's risky business, too, and smoke clouds public acceptance. I THOUGHT FIRE SEASON HAD ENDED. BUT THE SCENT OF PINE SMOKE IN MY NOSTRILS LATE LAST OCTOBER TOLD ME SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Deep in Oregon's ponderosa paradise on Wine ma National Forest, my wife Maurine and I had just finished flagging a new interpretive trail as Forest volunteers. As we drove a remote road just east of Cra...
  • Sure Every Fire Prone Community
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    The Sacramento Bee in an editorial: 'As predictable as Indian summers and the Santa Ana winds, the wildfires sweeping across the south state remind us of California's fragility, its frightening vulnerability... The risk of such fires can never be eliminated, but it can be reduced. The California legislature has passed strict laws already that require fire-retardant roofs in fire-prone areas. More could be done. If smaller fires had been allowed to burn earlier this summer when weather conditions...

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