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Since mid-April, hundreds of acres in the Green Mountain National Forest have burned, with plumes of smoke at times visible in the northern Berkshires. A look at why the U.S. Forest Service decided to intentionally burn land around the Dome Trail in Pownal, Vt., just over the state line.
A warmer and wetter climate will mean more severe storms, less snow and worse heat waves in Berkshire County. Changes may alter the forest ecosystems that not only provide clean air and water but bring tourists.
Two Williams College students, Abby Matheny and Sabrine Brismeur, are studying uses, and locations, for a proposed forestry center required by state legislation. Still needed: Funding to build and staff it.