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Picking a color palette is an important part of decorating for the holidays, says interior designer Elaine Griffin. So experiment with colors outside of the traditional red and green scheme. Photo Illustration by Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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It's time for holiday decorations. How to create an iconic theme — and save money

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Pando began with a single seed and now contains over 40,000 "stems." Lance Oditt hide caption

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Listen to one of the largest trees in the world

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Sun-bleached skeletons of long-dead whitebark pine trees stand at the top of a 7,200-foot-high ridge along the Reservation Divide on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana. With annual average temperatures in Montana rising, the whitebark pine that were not previously threatened are now facing an increase in blister rust infections, mountain pine beetle infestations and wildfire. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Tom Coleman, who manages more than 8,000 acres of pistachio trees across California, is worried that warmer temperatures will affect his crops. Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio hide caption

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Stands of dead hemlock trees can be seen at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Mike Belleme for NPR hide caption

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To Tame A 'Wave' Of Invasive Bugs, Park Service Introduces Predator Beetles

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