Our top posts in May: Volcanos, turtles and wildfire safety were popular topics

 Here’s a round-up of some of Ear to the Ground’s most popular posts during May.

Mount St. Helens explodes
Photo: Keith Stoffel (c) 2010

Mount St. Helens blew its top 32 years ago
Highly popular with readers in May was our blog commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption on May 18, 1980. This posting apparently spurred many to glance back at other blogs we’ve published about Mount St. Helens, including one we published on the 30th anniversary, Unique vantage point gives a very close look at the eruption of Mount St. Helens in which former DNR employee Keith Stoffel describes his too-close-for-comfort encounter with the mountain back in 1980. Stoffel, his wife, and the pilot of the small plane in which they rode barely escaped when the volcano exploded just as they happened to be flying over it. Stoffel managed to take a few photos including the one at the left.

VolunteersPitiful fire pits get marvelous makeovers from volunteers
Our description of the fine work that Boy Scouts of America and other volunteers put in over a couple of weekends in May preparing campfire pits in DNR campgrounds for summer recreation was a popular read.


Stand saved by fuel reductionCommunity wildfire preparedness prevents a costly fire
Sometimes what doesn’t happen is what’s most interesting. Many of you read our description of how a rural community’s attention to wildfire prevention (especially brush clearing and tree maintenance) helped save at least one rural home from a wildfire.


DNR-managed inmate crews aid restoration of native turtle habitat in Columbia River Gorge
Many of you are drawn to stories about wildlife. Our blog on how DNR-managed inmate work crews are playing a major role in habitat restoration for the native western pond turtle in the Columbia River Gorge was one of the most highly read stories that we posted last month.


Mount Si in the snowHiking Alert: Mount Si and Teneriffe Falls Trails Temporarily Closed
Our blog about a temporary closure of trails in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area for a helicopter operation also was a popular posting during in May (though the closure wasn’t very popular). All in all, more evidence of how popular this scenic area is with hikers and Ear to the Ground readers.

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