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  • Mount St. Helens: A world apart?

    Mount St. Helens: A world apart?

    Washington's Mount St. Helens is protected as a living volcanic-recovery laboratory, but a completely "natural" environment has never been possible.

  • Finding reassurance in change: a review of Wild Comfort

    Finding reassurance in change: a review of Wild Comfort

    In her new collection of essays, Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, Kathleen Dean Moore writes her way to the knowledge that "sorrow is part of the Earth's great cycles."

  • Two weeks in the West

    Wind and solar energy projects ramp up across the West; Conservation Reserve Program ramps down; the West’s volcanic history; potatoes are good for you.

  • Heard Around the West

    John Slemp takes the ride of his life, into a volcano; Douglas Bruce strikes again; cow-pie tossing and other delights; imposter dog?; “jingle mail”; and “virtual” border fence is a botched-up bust.

  • A mountain lifts a heavy heart

    An emotionally wounded writer is cheered by a visit to Mount St. Helens, even though heavy clouds obscured the volcano

  • Life rises from the ashes, in the form of a humble toad

    Ecologist Charlie Crisafulli has spent twenty-five years studying life on Mount St. Helens, especially the boreal toad, which is in decline almost everywhere else, but thriving at the volcano

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