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  • What is Xeriscaping?

    The seven basic principles of Xeriscaping are explained

  • Native Intelligence

    Lili Singer is in love with California’s native plants and wants to share that love with other people.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Development threatens inholdings in national parks and forests; a few wilderness bills move through Congress; oil and mining booms in the West; W.R. Grace sets up trust for its victims; Homeland Security dodges enviro laws for border barriers; coal power

  • Coffeepots and climate

    Shane Bondi seeks to understand the connection between a lump of coal, a power plant and that first cup of coffee in the morning.

  • The difficulties of cohabitation

    Despite its problems and failures – many of them arising from the conflict between the United States’ growing population and our declining wildlife habitat – the Endangered Species Act is a necessary law

  • Odes to an urban mountain range

    Two recent guidebooks – Mike Coltrin’s Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide and The Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains by Robert Julyan and Mary Stuever – are excellent guides to the trails and histories of the mountains outside Albuquerque

  • Aliens in the Backyard: Plant and Animal Imports to America

    John Leland’s book, Aliens in the Backyard, discusses both the dangers and the benefits arising from the vast number of exotic species in North America – including human beings

  • Magic Valley Uprising

    An unusual grassroots coalition of citizen activists stops a coal-fired merchant power plant from being built in Idaho’s Magic Valley

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