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Northern Arizona University Forester Wally Covington has spent 25 years experimenting with how to turn overgrown thickets with 1,200 trees per acre (right) into healthy forests (above) with lots of grass and wildlife.

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Saving the pine forest

Wally Covington has shaped the debate and befuddled critics with woodsy charm and the tenacity of a badger

Wally Covington, who has spent a quarter century reshaping the debate about forest management, leaned forward excitedly across the boundary between his biggest disappointment and his dearest hope.

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