Items by Joshua Zaffos
Historian Steven C. Schulte’s new book, Wayne Aspinall and the Shaping of the American West, portrays the chair of the House Interior Committee and the environmental movement’s "most durable foe" as a fair but rigid representative who, surprisingly, joc
Democrats, looking to regain the seat held by retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, offer strong support for Hispanic state attorney general Ken Salazar, who may vie against very conservative former U.S. Congressman Bob Schaffer
If the Bush administration pushes through a rule change to the Clean Water Act, three-fourths of the West’s rivers would be unprotected from pollution
Dave Rosgen has become a popular and influential guru in the field of river restoration and management, but some say his teaching oversimplifies a complex subject
In Fire and Ashes: On the Front Lines of American Wildfire, John N. Mclean leads readers through sweaty-palmed human encounters with Western wildfires
The Citizen’s Guide to Colorado Water Law by the nonprofit Colorado Foundation for Water Education gives a clear and simple overview of water in the state
New studies from the University of California at Davis show that roads significantly promote the spread of invasive, exotic weeds
A pile of toxic waste rock is moving dangerously close to Questa, N.M., while the mining company, Molycorp, and the state slowly work out a reclamation plan
In Western Colorado, locals burned by the oil shale boom 20 years ago are dubious about planned natural gas drilling on the Roan Plateau, especially since the BLM unexpectedly dropped their favorite plan
Forgotten Fires: Native Americans and the Transient Wilderness, a controversial and thought-provoking 1954 study by Omer C. Stewart, has been rediscovered and republished
Brian Foster’s Wild Logging: A Guide to Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Forestry introduces readers to Western landowners, foresters and loggers, and answers technical questions
A new report by the Rocky Mountain Institute called U.S. Energy Facts criticizes current energy policy and urges efficiency and conservation
The Nature Conservancy is using the McCarran Ranch, which it recently purchased, as a river-restoration pilot project for Nevada’s Truckee River
The Nevada Lahontan cutthroat trout, believed to be extinct for 60 years, may still be alive, but actually restoring the fish to its native Truckee River and Pyramid Lake could prove extremely complicated
This summer, the National Park Service will unveil a memorial to the American Indians who fought Custer at the Little Bighorn
A Forest Service project to thin trees in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest is using money obtained through the Clean Water Act
Hayden Valley Elementary School in Hayden, Colo., is using its "Critter Control Project" to map wildlife roadkill patterns and find solutions to the problem
Critics say Idaho is being swayed by ORVers’ money in its plans for an off-road vehicle trail through the Lost River Valley
WaterWatch of Oregon has a newly revamped Web site designed to educate people about the Beaver State’s rivers and watersheds.
Fallon, Nev., is home to the fastest-growing cancer cluster in U.S. history, and some researchers suspect that the seemingly harmless metal tungsten may be to blame
Ellen Meloy’s memoir, The Anthropology of Turquoise, explores her life in the Southwest through the metaphor of color
The Boise-based Winter Wildlands Alliance works to encourage "human-powered" winter recreation on public lands in Idaho, Colorado, California and Nevada
Environmentalists say the Red Table Mountain Wilderness proposal of Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., is so full of anti-wilderness provisions that it is nothing but a political ploy.
Republican control of the new Congress may resurrect plans for oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Wildlife National Refuge and the National Petroleum Reserve.
Montana Audubon has written an eight-page guide to flood preparation, called Go With the Flow: Streams and Bank Stabilization.
A plan to restore native pikeminnow and sucker to the San Juan River in New Mexico may end up destroying a world-class trout fishery.
- C.C. Havens on A day on the river that ended in a death
- Robb Cadwell on Did Obama's Interior hobble the Endangered Species Act?
- Trey Turnbull on Wolf pups, and the return of wild wonder
- Michael Jakubcin on Two degrees warmer and rising: A review of A Great Aridness
- Roy Brophy on Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames