Items by Alan Kesselheim
A visit to Glass Beach in California leads to dumpster-diving on a grand scale, and offers a preview of future geologic strata
Alan Kesselheim visits Glass Beach in California, where garbage is being transmuted into collectibles.
Watching his children discover nature on the family’s land in central Montana, the writer remembers his own childhood special places on a Connecticut beach
A writer retraces the journey of Lewis and Clark, but finds that Montana’s growth and development have destroyed the wild West the explorers saw
It’s about time the anti-environmentalists turned down the rhetoric and took a break from their rude and silly diatribes.
Grand Canyon's backcountry and river planning effort ends abruptly when Park Superintendent Robert Arnberger decides the process, which includes outfitters, private boaters and wilderness advocates, is "too contentious."
The 670 miles of the Yellowstone River cross a varied landscape and face an equal variety of problems along the way.
Landowner opposition helped shoot down President Clinton's Heritage Rivers Initiative, which Yellowstone River activists believe could have helped the river greatly.
The unregulated development of private property along the banks of the Yellowstone River is the greatest threat to the river.
Andrew Dana, who went to the Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to stabilize the Yellowstone River's banks on his land, describes the permitting process as "a bad dream."
The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the West, but Montana's rapid growth is affecting it, as property owners afraid of floods lay huge amounts of riprap along its banks.
Montana legislators are trying to find ways to get around the recently passed voter initiative 137, which halts new or expanded cyanide leach gold mines.
- Steve Snyder on Making a monument from scratch
- Deb Dedon on Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
- Deb Dedon on American Indian students in Utah face harsh discipline
- Bette Korber on The Los Angeles wetland wars
- Garrett Allen on The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking