November 13, 1997 |
So you think poison oak is a horrible plant whose only function is to cause severe rashes? Then prickly pear, a cactus with a barbed spine, can't be much better. It's covered with sharp thorns that can be quite painful. Believe it or not, both plants have medicinal value, despite their negative reputation. Though seven out of 10 people in the U.S. are sensitive to poison oak, it's a highly effective wart remover and has been known to cure ringworm.
June 29, 1997 |
It's springtime in the woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and here's the view: A couple of soggy, soiled mattresses are slumped against a dented washing machine, their faded yellow stuffing showing through gaping holes in the fabric. Strewn nearby are a rusty set of bedsprings, two deep freezers, two refrigerators, a water heater, battered easy chair, color television with broken picture tube, and other castoffs partially buried under what remains of the snow. "What a mess," U.S.
August 1, 1996 |
For 28 summers, ranger Randy Morgenson has worked the treacherous high country of Kings Canyon National Park, clearing rocks from trails, instructing hikers on the beauty and hazards of its alpine lakes and rescuing those inevitable few who misjudge their skills. On July 21, Morgenson tacked a short note to the door of his solitary one-room cabin near Bench Lake at the 9,500-foot elevation: "I'm going on patrol. Back on the 24th." He hasn't been heard from since.
November 26, 1995 |
Bouncing along a twisting, potholed dirt road, Guy Pence appears oblivious to the mountain trail's crumbling edges and hairpin turns. The tires of his government-issue Jeep are inches from a sheer drop, but Pence is busy scanning the forest around him. The fire came over the hill right there, he explains. Burned 18,000 acres in August, 1994. Before it hit, his people had a timber sale to reduce overgrowth.
April 17, 1994 |
Twenty years ago, a summer volunteer for a group that took Atlanta city children out to the country made a comment I'll never forget--though it was 20 years ago. These kids didn't "know how to walk" on the grass, she marveled, describing how her charges rolled gleefully around in the meadows as though on another planet. "They had only walked on cement before." Today the number of children exposed to wild lands and animals is smaller than ever before in human history, lament naturalist writers Gary Nabhan and Stephen Trimble, in a provocative and compelling collection of essays, "The Geography of Childhood."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1993 |
A U. S. Forest Service ranger at the Green Valley ranger station in the Angeles National Forest was shot at Tuesday morning by a man who tried to steal a truck. The ranger first spotted the man, who remained at large Tuesday evening, as he hot-wired the ranger's Forest Service truck, which was parked in front of the station. After the truck was driven about a quarter of a mile, it broke down, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.