Nature and Environment

As Western fires burn, focus narrows on forest management. But it’s easier said than done

Oct 23, 2020 Correcting the mistakes of the past is tougher than it sounds, as managers work to get ahead of coming wildfires and learn from previous ones.

In grasslands plagued by invasives and drought, wildfires fuel calls for new solutions

Oct 22, 2020 Invasive plants and climate change are changing the relationship between vast rangelands, drought and wildfire.

Mexico fishermen scoff at governor's suggestion to switch to taxi driving

Oct 21, 2020 The suggestion comes as fishermen in the Sea of Cortez struggle with increasing restrictions meant to protect a highly endangered porpoise.

For the West’s drinking water, wildfire concerns linger long after smoke clears

Oct 21, 2020 For municipal drinking water systems, fires are felt for years after they’re snuffed out.

Homeowners who avoid wildfire damage can find themselves in new flood zone

Oct 20, 2020 Even long after the flames of a wildfire are gone, those who live nearby face a serious increase in the threat of flooding.

In Yellowstone, America's 'first water park,' decades-old blaze marked start of megafire era

Oct 19, 2020 The wildfires ushered in a chapter of massive, frequent blazes as well as a new understanding of the ecological process.

Saguaros destroyed at national park

Oct 16, 2020 The vandalism happened around Oct. 3, rangers say.

'Falling on deaf ears': Tohono O'odham Nation reacts to use of force at Indigenous protest

Oct 15, 2020 Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. says tribal needs along the border are being ignored.

Fire officials claim success in fighting COVID-19 while fighting fires

Oct 13, 2020 Officials reported only a handful of positive test results on their crews, and they believe many of those came from exposure off the job.

Indigenous Peoples' Day border demonstration ends with tear gas, arrests

Oct 12, 2020 11 demonstrators taken into DPS custody during a Border Patrol checkpoint blockade in Pima County.

Homes complicate Arizona wildfire response

Oct 10, 2020 Development in Arizona's wildlands is making fires more expensive, and in some cases, more difficult to prevent.

Latest lawsuit against Fort Huachuca over San Pedro water use seeks documents

Oct 8, 2020 A conservation group has again sued over what it says is a failure to protect the river and its dependent species.

Bighorn Fire marks familiar cycle of renewal amid new chapter of bigger burns

Oct 8, 2020 Fire is a natural process, but it will take decades for some areas to recover or regrow habitat that burned this year.

O'odham-led demonstration blocks highway north of Arizona-Sonora border crossing

Oct 5, 2020 Demonstrations against border wall construction on ancestral Indigenous land continue despite Quitobaquito closure.

Much of US Southwest left parched after monsoon season

Oct 2, 2020 Weather forecasters say the upcoming winter likely won't make up for the precipitation deficit.

News roundup: Quitobaquito road access closed, Pima County breaks early ballot record

Sep 30, 2020 Recent coverage impacting Southern Arizona, Sept. 30.

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