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When you are 20 years old, 10 years is half your lifetime, and time moves slowly. However, when you’re an older adult,
10 years fly by at a speed that is unsettling. How has Los Alamos’ view of the environment changed in the last 10 years?
The evolution of PEEC and Earth Day celebrations offers a frame of reference.
Ten years ago a group of community members founded an organization called “Friends of the Nature Center” that resulted in the founding of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), now located on Orange Street. Our initial event was the first community celebration of Earth Day. Since then, as environmental consciousness has increased, this community event has grown into a major celebration, with many contributing organizations and businesses.
Also 10 years ago, the fire department and Interagency Wildfire Management Team organized an informational meeting to help the public understand the ecology of fire after the 1996 Dome Fire. The drought was deep; the landscape thirsty for rain and snow. Based on our research, we talked about the conditions of our forests and the potential for a catastrophic fire.
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