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  • New books from friends of High Country News

    New books from friends of High Country News

    Jeff Chen visits; new books from Florence Williams, Laura Pritchett, Alan Kesselheim and Fred Anderson; Jamie Williams is new president of The Wilderness Society; corrections.

  • Solar power works best when it stays small and local

    Solar power works best when it stays small and local

    Industrial-style, large-scale solar developments on Western public lands are simply not the right way to go.

  • Drilling leases slowed by paper jam

    Assistant Interior Secretary Rebecca Watson blames environmental protests for hobbling gas drilling in the Rocky Mountains, but much of the delay comes from problems with the industry’s applications

  • In-house wisdom, or White House meddling?

    Forest Service insiders say President Bush’s Council on Environmental Quality has added new corporate-style rules to the agency’s forest-planning program

  • Burning down the house

    Despite the promises of the Healthy Forests Act, the Bush administration has proposed sweeping cuts to community fire programs in the West

  • The most influential conservationist you've never heard of

    The most influential conservationist you've never heard of

    The Sierra Club's Debbie Sease has spent three decades on Capitol Hill, fighting for the West.

  • Environmental change

    Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., does an about-face and moves to protect New Mexico’s Valle Vidal from oil and gas drilling

  • Green gearheads? Rev it up!

    Green gearheads? Rev it up!

    The Wilderness Society should sponsor off-road driving teams to reach out to that culture.

  • Not so dead on arrival

    Thanks to the incompetence of the Bush administration and the tenacity of environmental lawyers, the Roadless Rule has survived for 8 years.

  • Energy companies score massive refund checks

    A federal judge has ordered the government to buy back offshore oil and gas leases that energy companies say can’t be developed, leading some to wonder if the BLM will have to do the same with leases in potential wilderness areas

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