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‘A problem in every national forest’: tree thieves were behind Washington wildfire

Tree theft, which led to the deadly Maple fire in Washington, may be costing the US Forest Service up to $100m each year When two men discovered a rare and valuable towering bigleaf maple tree in Washington states Olympic national forest last year, they allegedly set about trying to steal it. But there was a problem the tree was home to a bee hive. The men reportedly tried to use a wasp killer to get rid of it. When that didnt work, one allegedly poured gasoline on it, and lit…

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Richard Powers: It was like a religious conversion. I realised the natural world isnt ours

After writing novels on artificial intelligence, neuroscience and genetics, Powers has turned to trees. While on a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains, he talks about environmentalism and not having children To reach the latest work, The Overstory . As a botanist in his narrative explains, trees and humen share a common ancestor, and a one-quarter of their genes.” For five years I’ve been telling people I’m writing a novel about trees ,” he says, with a smile,” and they’ve said:’ Really ?’” ‘ The book was like a five-year-long…

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Richard Powers: It was like a religious conversion. I realised the natural world isnt ours

After writing fictions on artificial intelligence, neuroscience and genetics, Powers has turned to trees. While on a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains, he talks about environmentalism and not having children To reach the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, you are required pass through the lurid streets of Gatlinburg. Hokey attractions line the itinerary- theme parks, rollercoasters, mini-golf- in a surprise of honkytonk tourism that ends only at the gateway to the national park.” Why would you come to the Smokies and think,’ What I really want is a…

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Wild Amazon faces destruction as Brazils farmers and loggers target national park

The Sierra Ricardo Franco park was meant to be a conservation area keeping rare wildlife To understand why the Brazilian government is purposely losing the battle against deforestation, all we need to do is retrace the bootmarks of the Edwardian adventurer Percy Fawcett along the Amazonian border with Bolivia. During a failed attempt to sweep a magnificent tabletop plateau here in 1906, the wanderer roughly croaked on the first of his numerous tours to South America. Back then, the field was so far from human habitation, the foliage so dense…

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