Academics have a reputation for whiling away hours in the arcane. Not so for UNLV’s Scott Abella, especially this time of year, when our parched landscape is filled with the tinder of undergrowth and non-native grasses, the ecologist’s copious studies on how wildfires affect everyone in the region. As director of UNLV’s Desert and Dryland Forest Research, he is developing ways to address the wildfire hazards that arose from fire-suppression techniques that have backfired on us. Such work is already changing practices in the Spring Mountains, where managers are thinning forests to mimic the natural fire patterns found in forests a century ago.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Get to know the Life Is Beautiful acts. Learn about Downtown's new kaleidoscopic murals. Find tips on how to navigate schedule conflicts. And see what's on the mouthwatering menu. Here is Vegas Seven's guide to tasting, seeing and hearing all the festival has to offer, from the first afternoon set to the final headliner.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products