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  • Face it: All forests are "sluts"

    Face it: All forests are "sluts"

    If an allegedly untouched piece of woodland is "virgin forest," what does that make a forest that’s been logged or burnt or otherwise used by humans over the years?

  • Ferret recovery pioneer moves on

    District Ranger Bill Perry, who led the effort to help restore endangered black-footed ferrets, is leaving South Dakota’s Buffalo Gap National Grassland for a job in Washington, D.C.

  • 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.

  • Where there's fire, there's global warming

    Climate scientist Anthony Westerling is working to illuminate the connection between rising global temperatures and the increasing ferocity of the West’s forest fires

  • Tribes look to cash in with 'tree-market' environmentalism

    The Nez Perce Tribe is trying to combat global warming – and make a few bucks – by planting trees for carbon dioxide sequestration

  • Global Warming's Unlikely Harbingers

    Mountain pine beetles are attacking more forests and more varieties of trees — and thriving at higher elevations than ever before — and some scientists believe global climate change is at the root of the problem

  • Hobby miners flock to public streams

    Amateur gold prospectors are invading the West’s publicly owned streams, and environmentalists say the hobby’s popularity threatens fish and the environment

  • Film: Lens of compassion

    Peter Richardson created an independent film called Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon, to illuminate a culture clash that was tearing his hometown apart

  • Stirring the pot

    The North Coast Journal has been published in Arcata, Calif., for almost 18 years by Judy Hodgson, a journalist who believes in stirring the pot

  • 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

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