July 6, 2010
Tonto National Forest Ranger James Mercer (center) illustrates the dangers of a badly overgrown forest near Tonto Village during a forest tour for both experts and the general public last week.
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Death. Disaster. Dismay. The huddle of forest lovers and managers could feel the menace, gathered thickly on every side in a tangled stand of crowded pines and stunted oaks along the Control Road close by Tonto Village.