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Sally Manning, environmental director of the Big Pines Paiute Tribe, shows a photo she took of the area north of Independence in 1988, when it was a lush alkali meadow. Today, it is being taken over by sagebrush and other desert plants.<137>Wednesday, November 20, 2013 north of Independence, Calif.<137>

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