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Worth Every Last Drop

CANOEING A RIVER with ecology-minded people changes the view. Where many boaters see hazards in sandbars and downed trees with their knotted roots scrubbed bare and aimed skyward, Casey Ish recognizes…

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Smokey Bear Turns 80

“SMOKEY BEAR’S ‘GOTCHA DAY’ is in May,” says Smokey Bear Historical Park manager Mary Lavin, using the modern term for pet adoption anniversaries. The real-life orphan cub, who’d been badly burned in…

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Find These Plants in the Gila

THE GILA NATIONAL FOREST lists 51 plant species and 16 insect species as being of “management concern,” meaning they rely on National Forest habitats for their survival or are potentially affected by…

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Guardian of the Gila

PERCHED IN A STEEL LOOKOUT tower on Mogollon Baldy, Sara Irving has kept eyes on the Gila Wilderness for 42 summers. A hike along the Continental Divide Trail in 1980 prompted her to apply for a…

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Find These Birds in the Gila

LOCATED AT THE NORTHERNMOST end of some birds’ range and the southernmost of others, the Gila Wilderness climbs from cactus-filled desert to steep, pine-covered peaks. Those features, combined with…

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