January 9, 2009
Shaped by Fire: In a healthy ponderosa pine forest, low-intensity ground fires burn through every five years or so and clear out the saplings and debris, without hurting the mature pines with their lower branches well above the flames.
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My snowmobile coasted to a halt in the unbroken snow. Game and Fish Habitat Specialist John Goodwin roared up beside me, then cut his engine.