Mon August 18, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 5:40 pm

Maria Benech of the U.S. Forest Service surveys a severely burned patch of forest. Almost 40 percent of the burned area looks similar.
Lauren Sommer KQED

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.

"It's completely dead," he says. "These trees won't be coming back to life."

A lot of the forest was charred like this.

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Sat August 16, 2014
Garden Report

Got Peaches? 3 Easy Steps To Keep ‘Em Longer

Credit Barbara Samuel / Flickr - Creative Commons

Mmm… Colorado Peaches. Early and mid-season varieties are best eaten fresh. Mid-season varieties ripen in August. They include Sullivan, Blake and Globe. Late ripening varieties include Elberta, Redskin and Hale. They’ll ripen in early September.

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Thu August 14, 2014

Colorado Wildlife Officials Right Trout Wrong

CU-Boulder Professor Andrew Martin and Senior Research Associate Jessica Metcalf release endangered greenback cutthroat trout into Zimmerman Lake west of Fort Collins, Colo. on Aug 8.
Glenn Asakawa University of Colorado

A few years ago, wildlife biologists responsible for protecting and stocking a rare, native Colorado fish – the greenback cutthroat trout – learned they'd been saving the wrong fish.

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Wed August 13, 2014

Larimer County To Spray For Mosquitoes In Southeast Fort Collins

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Insecticide spraying for West Nile infected mosquitoes will begin Friday, August 15 in the highest risk portion of Larimer County, an area that overlaps with part of southeast Fort Collins.

It will be the county spraying, not the city of Fort Collins.

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Wed August 13, 2014

New Mushroom Species Discovered Near Fort Collins

The new species of mushroom, Cercopemyces crocodilians, discovered in Fort Collins' Soapstone Prairie Natural Area.
Ed Lubow

On a rainy day in late June 2009, Jack Jones and his wife Nora were wandering around Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, when something strange caught their eye.

"We were walking along this path, and saw this thing, and it looked funny to us. It was certainly nothing we've ever seen before -- and we've been doing this for 35 years," recalled Jack Jones.

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