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Prickly Situation for Hikers: How to Remove Cactus Barbs

Prickly Situation for Hikers: How to Remove Cactus Barbs

Have you ever found yourself in a sticky and prickly situation on a trail?  Have you wondered how you were going to get those painful cactus barbs  out of your hand, arm, or maybe, leg?  Some of them are very large, but some are so small they break before you can get them out!  Well, one of our park rangers has some good tips on how to remove cactus barbs.   if you ever find yourself stuck with some barbs.,…

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What is the polyphagous shot hole borer & how much damage can one tiny bug cause?

What is the polyphagous shot hole borer & how much damage can one tiny bug cause?

Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He’s looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sap dried around them like bloodstains.  It is The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer.    What?  You’ve never heard of it? The victims are box elders, sycamores and coast live oaks, all in some state of suffering. Eskalen approaches a tree riddled with 1-millimeter holes, as if someone used it for miniature…

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Founding of the Friends of Sycamore Canyon – A reflection by Paul Kucharczyk

Founding of the Friends of Sycamore Canyon – A reflection by Paul Kucharczyk

  I was the supervising ranger assigned to the Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon from 1996-2000. Prior experience in managing a sixth-grade camp program utilizing Urban Corps personnel, providing interpretive programs, and operations experience from my first 11 years at Agua Caliente and William Heise County Parks helped me in this promotional opportunity. My residence on-site was the stone house (est. 1939), still standing today as a burned ruin since the devastating 2003 firestorm. Twenty years ago there was no…

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