After wildfires, ponderosa pines burned out of Pine Ridge
Smoke from August wildfires covers Crow Butte, south of U.S. Highway 20 between Crawford and Chadron. Last year's wildfire season was devastating, said Kirk Nelson, western region parks manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “It's changed the face of the Pine Ridge.”
Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013 12:00 am
Nebraska's Pine Ridge is a vanishing landscape.
Last year's extraordinary wildfires compounded 50 years of losses among ponderosa pines in northwest Nebraska. Now the largest population of the stately pine no longer resides in the Pine Ridge, according to the Nebraska Forest Service.
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Monday, January 7, 2013 12:00 am.