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  • Ode to a public lands experiment

    It may have lovely photographs, but Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Reserve is much more than just another coffee-table book.

  • Hunting: It’s not about the gun

    In the presidential election this fall, sportsmen are likely to be split between those who vote for wildlife, and those who vote for the gun

  • Don’t expect Washington to lead the West

    The West needs to take charge of its own destiny, and become more than just a political game piece in the presidential election

  • Environmental issues disappear into election-season smog

    Environmental issues were almost invisible in the presidential debates, but an awful lot has happened in the last four years – and most of it has not been good for the West.

  • 'Redneck liberal' defends a hard-to-love landscape

    Tim Faber, a carpenter, ranch hand and ‘redneck liberal,’ devotes himself to preserving the wild landscapes of Montana’s Missouri River Breaks

  • Interior's new secretary — general or footsoldier?

    Newly appointed Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has a chance to use his deal-making abilities to bring change to the way Western public lands are managed

  • As states ponder protection, roadless forests unravel

    Western states debate the best way to look after their roadless areas even as logging, drilling and mining move in on formerly protected lands

  • The green Republican: back from the dead?

    Worried about falling poll numbers, some Republicans, led by Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, are resisting some of the Bush administration’s more far-reaching attacks on environmental protection

  • Can the West become the new South?

    Boosters of a Western primary hope it could give the Interior West a greater voice in the politics of Washington, D.C.

  • Tipping the scales

    A right-wing coup is under way in the nation’s courts, which George W. Bush is stacking with anti-environmental judges, and the impacts on Western conservation issues are not going to be pretty

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