Items by Ben Long
Scientists' warnings, greedy special interests, a confused public: The climate change fight reflects efforts to save the bison 100 years ago
The Idaho Panhandle National Forest is in retreat over its longstanding support for the Mallard-Larkin Wilderness
Fish and Game scandal demonstrates growing influence of cronyism and big money in American wildlife policy
The state is expected to reach a million residents in 2012 -- there's debate on if that's a good thing or not
A soldier's encounter with an angry buffalo in the Vietnam War taught him to put life's challenges in perspective.
The so-called Wilderness and Roadless Release Act promises greater access to public lands, but will actually end up harming the wild lands most Westerners love.
The oil spill on the Yellowstone River is just one of too many disasters caused by our addiction to petroleum.
Ben Long says the National Park Service is practically “bear-anoid,” the way it constantly warns tourists about newly awakened bears when there are so many other, more common dangers in the great outdoors.
The decision of the Association of Petroleum Geologists to give novelist Michael Crichton its "Journalist of the Year" award for his anti-global warming thriller State of Fear can only increase public cynicism about science and scientists
Reporter Ben Long says the evidence is on the ground: Our national parks aren't getting the money they need
The writer says Michael Crichton does not deserve a journalism award from scientists for his book, State of Fear, about global warming
The writer wades into the dispute over wolves in the West, marshalling facts to overcome prejudice against the animals