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Western wildfire expert thinks ‘we need to scrap the whole process and make a new one’

Two of Nevada’s leading wildfire experts — Tim Brown, director of the Western Regional Climate Center at the Desert Research Institute, and Christina Restaino, director of the Living With Fire program at UNR — offer insight into why wildfires have gotten so bad, their hidden costs and the mitigation efforts that are needed from local up to federal levels.

Indy Q&A: UNR ecologist Tamzen Stringham discusses Nevada’s rangeland

Tamzen Stringham, a professor at UNR’s Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences who has studied Nevada’s rangelands for more than 15 years and the Great Basin for three decades, weighs in on legacy grazing, cheatgrass and the surprising number of pinyon and juniper trees in Nevada.

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