Items by Ben Goldfarb

Battle of the Lands: Denali wins
Battle of the Lands: Denali wins
Readers voted in our bracket-style tournament to crown the West's best public lands on which to recreate.
Mad Max rides into the West
Mad Max rides into the West
A bull trout reintroduction in Oregon proves what’s possible
A bull trout reintroduction in Oregon proves what’s possible
The ambitious effort brings a threatened predator back to the Clackamas watershed.
I have seen the future, and it looks like Mad Max
I have seen the future, and it looks like Mad Max
How a post-apocalyptic action movie can help us ward off ecological disaster.
A gathering of maritime minstrels on the Oregon coast
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
A gathering of maritime minstrels on the Oregon coast.
What wildlife scat can tell us about how to protect open space
What wildlife scat can tell us about how to protect open space
A Santa Cruz study of carnivore diets reveals how animals respond to human disturbance.
Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife
Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife
Can the right breed keep both domestic animals and native carnivores alive?
Idaho’s Panther Creek comes back from the dead
Idaho’s Panther Creek comes back from the dead
Two decades after restoration began, life returns to a stream sterilized by mining.
Fowl play: California’s drought fingered in bird deaths
Fowl play: California’s drought fingered in bird deaths
Native pigeons and waterfowl fall victim to avian disease.
Who should manage Grand Teton’s private inholdings?
Who should manage Grand Teton’s private inholdings?
A dead wolf and jurisdictional confusion in an iconic national park.
Business parks: Feds sell naming rights to iconic public lands
Business parks: Feds sell naming rights to iconic public lands
Agencies seek corporate revenues in the face of fiscal woes.
Bison to be reintroduced in Banff, new plans for Yellowstone herd
Bison to be reintroduced in Banff, new plans for Yellowstone herd
Promising developments percolate in two North American parks.
Washington’s wolverines stage tenuous comeback
Washington’s wolverines stage tenuous comeback
The carnivores are recolonizing the northern Cascades, but they face an uncertain climate future.
Big dig, big disgrace
Big dig, big disgrace
A new mega-tunnel won’t save Seattle from the tyranny of traffic.
The technique that’s revolutionizing aquatic science
The technique that’s revolutionizing aquatic science
Looking for brook trout? Try environmental DNA.
Attacks on federal research funding anger scientists
Attacks on federal research funding anger scientists
Politicians lay siege to the National Science Foundation.
Bison, cows and rabbits square off on Utah range
Bison, cows and rabbits square off on Utah range
Study says jackrabbits, not bison, are cattle's main competitors in the Henry Mountains.
Livin' on the dredge: Army Corps mucks out the Snake
Livin' on the dredge: Army Corps mucks out the Snake
Do the benefits of barge traffic outweigh the cost of dams?
Should we put a price on nature?
Should we put a price on nature?
A nuanced look at ecosystem services.
Young leaders changing the West
Young leaders changing the West
From politicians to climate scientists, meet 10 people under 30 who are shaping the region’s future.
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
To save whitebark pines, apply slippery jack.
The great salmon compromise
The great salmon compromise
The Columbia Basin Fish Accords have funded $1 billion worth of habitat restoration projects, but can they replace free-flowing rivers?
The most important wildlife management plans you've never heard of
The most important wildlife management plans you've never heard of
Western states scramble to prepare Wildlife Action Plans, due in 2015.
Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?
Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?
With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks so.
The Young and the reckless: Alaskan congressman’s offenses draw spotlight
The Young and the reckless: Alaskan congressman’s offenses draw spotlight
Don Young might be the most volatile politician in America.
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
But will California's platforms stay in the ocean once the oil runs out?
The Earth has half as many animals as it did in 1970
The Earth has half as many animals as it did in 1970
In the Western U.S., megafauna is on the rise — but amphibians are in trouble.
Fur flies over Montana bobcat farm
Fur flies over Montana bobcat farm
Will animal rights activists keep a bobcat farmer from setting up shop in Montana?
The roads scholar
The roads scholar
An ecologist helps wildlife safely cross highways.