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  • Forest Service greases the skids for oil and gas

    The Forest Service wants to create a new type of "categorical exclusion" to make it easier for oil and gas drilling projects to be approved without environmental study or public input

  • Are we ready to learn the lessons of fire and flood?

    Sen. Larry Craig’s suggestion that New Orleans’ 9th Ward be restored as a wetland may represent a newfound respect for the power of nature and the limits of the human ability to control it

  • Rocky Mountain Front saved again - but...

    An industry suit is rejected, upholding - at least for the moment - former Forest Service Supervisor Gloria Flora's ban on drilling in Montana's Rocky Mountain Front.

  • Living with trees

    Living with trees

    In Between Earth and Sky, Nadlini Nadkarni ponders the ways in which trees sustain human beings.

  • What’s the NRA’s beef with roadless areas?

    A hunter and member of the National Rifle Association is angry at the way the group puts gun ownership above roadless areas, wildlife, and hunting

  • Spotted owl or red herring?

    Although logging has declined drastically in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not necessarily the fault of the Endangered Species Act or the northern spotted owl.

  • Look who’s in the conflict business now

    A rising number of Westerners are committed to local solutions that benefit both the land and communities

  • In a warming West, expect more fire

    A new scientific study predicts that overall wildfire size in the West will double by 2100 because of global warming

  • Written in the Rings

    The study of tree rings opens a window into the West’s distant past, and warns us that the region’s future may be dangerously hot and dry

  • Tree rings reveal a fiery past — and future

    Tree-ring scientists Tom Swetnam and Julio Betancourt study past climatic conditions seeking clues to better forest management

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