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Temporary staff joined several NCAR rangers earlier this month for a week of thistle picking in the meadow enclosed by the mesa roadway. (Rangers, college-age children of UCAR and NCAR staff, are hired each summer for various odd jobs.) The thistles had grown especially thick this year--some stretching over a meter high--due to the abundant spring rainfall. "They're a real problem," says maintenance supervisor John Pereira. Left unchecked, the thistle's pink flowers are replaced by dandelion-type seeds that spread the plant profusely. NCAR's usual contractor for thistle control couldn't make it in time because of backlogged jobs delayed by the wet spring weather, so rangers and temps were sent to work picking the prickly plants. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

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