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Grasslands in New Mexico, near Las Conchas fire site

From Forests to Grasslands: A Picture of the Future in the Southwest

9/27/2012 // By Avelino Maestas

As a native New Mexican, I’m deeply invested in and moved by the natural beauty of the American Southwest. While I’m at home among the saguaros outside of Tucson or in the eerie calm of White Sands near Alamogordo, it’s […] Read more >

View from Forest Road 141, with the old Bear Fire scar in the foreground.

Whitewater-Baldy, Extreme Fire and Wildlife in the West

6/6/2012 // By Avelino Maestas

It’s been hard to watch from afar as my beloved Gila Wilderness burns. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire–which has already charred 260,000 acres–is threatening wildlife after forcing the evacuation of an historic ghost town. Some estimates indicate the fire might not be […] Read more >

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