Items by Hal Herring

The Rocky Mountain Front blues
The Rocky Mountain Front blues
A journalist reflects on energy development on his home turf.
The violent story of our first national park: A review of Empire of Shadows
The violent story of our first national park: A review of Empire of Shadows
George Black's book details the violent history surrounding Yellowstone National Park.
A tree-climber's tale of harvesting cones to save whitebark pines
A tree-climber's tale of harvesting cones to save whitebark pines
As whitebark pines in the Northern Rockies succumb to pine beetles and blister rust, hardworking climbers defy gravity to collect pine cones from canopies to supply efforts to breed more resilient and resistant trees.
A life in the wild
A life in the wild
Carter Niemeyer's memoir Wolfer is the entertaining story of a government trapper who loves wildlife - especially serious predators like wolves.
How the gray wolf lost its endangered status -- and how enviros helped
How the gray wolf lost its endangered status -- and how enviros helped
A strategic miscalculation by environmental groups helped spur the delisting of gray wolves in Montana and Idaho.
One Way to Save the Wolf? Hunt It.
One Way to Save the Wolf? Hunt It.
Montana wildlife managers say the state's first wolf hunt has been a success -- for both the hunters and their prey.
Put your money where your mouth is
Hunters and anglers fork out millions each year to support habitat. Isn't it time other green groups did the same?
Trashing the earth, and the truth
Hal Herring relates the ugly story of how the Bush administration used its influence to try to kill a story about the impacts of energy development.
It's time for a ceasefire on guns
Hal Herring believes that Democrats should give up on gun control, not just for the sake of politics but because it’s the right thing to do.
Why we all need the Democrats to abandon gun control
Hal Herring believes that Democrats should give up on gun control –– in order to win in the West and because it’s the right thing to do.
Predator hunters for the environment
The group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife has helped to protect a lot of Western land and wildlife – while doing its best to kill off as many predators as possible
Idaho's permissiveness leads to elk on the lam
The escape of 100 domestic elk from self-styled mountain man Rex Rammell’s Idaho game farm shows up the foolishness of the state’s permissive attitude toward the industry
Idaho's permissiveness leads to elk on the lam
The writer says the state's permissiveness toward game farms led to the current mess: Escaped elk threaten wild elk herds
The Killing Fields
The first bison hunt in 15 years was supposed to offer hope for a reasonable solution to Yellowstone’s ‘buffalo problem,’ but a lifelong hunter who watched it says the senseless slaughter continues
A bold, if impractical, new plan for Yellowstone bison
New Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has a wildly ambitious plan to solve Yellowstone’s problems with wandering bison and the brucellosis threat
How to make your own Yellowstone, Mexican style
In Coahuila, Mexico, the corporate colossus CEMEX is working to create a "Mexican Yellowstone" that would preserve the rich wildlife and wild country of the Sierra El Carmen.
Wasting disease spreads in Colorado
In Colorado, Chronic Wasting Disease has spread from infected elk at the Elk Echo Ranch to seven elk ranch herds around the state, and some are afraid it could spread further and infect wild deer and elk.
Cease-fire on the Tonto Forest
In Arizona, Tonto National Forest bans recreational shooting on 81,000 acres of "urban interface," where the forest meets the burgeoning Phoenix-like cities.
Cure or curse?
With Chronic Wasting Disease appearing on elk farms, some have begun to question whether the unregulated trade in velvet antlers, used for Oriental and folk medicine, might expose people to a variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease.
Montana hunters blast game farms
In Montana, the sportsmen's group MADCOW - Montanans Against the Domestication and Commercialization of Wildlife - has put Initiative 143 on the ballot to end "canned hunting" on the state's elk ranches.
Killing Coyote
Doug Hawes-Davis' new video documentary, "Killing Coyote," goes inside the battle waged by humans against one of the most resilient predators, the coyote.
Montana burns game farm elk
At the Kesler Game Farm near Philipsburg, Mont., 89 elk are destroyed because they have chronic wasting disease, and some Montana authorities fear game farms are helping to spread the deadly, mysterious disease.
Crow tribe lays claim to elk
The Crow Tribe plans to capture 550 elk that roam from its Montana reservation down into Wyoming, and critics say that the tribe's foray into game ranching is a plan to steal the public's wildlife.
Disease is wasting the West's wild herds
Chronic wasting disease is slowly spreading among the West's deer and elk herds, and some fear that game farms are partly to blame for the transmission of the deadly disease.
Give me a home where the engines roar
Race-car driver Travis Panko's plan to build a race track on a ranch near Stevensville, Mont., has many of his Bitterroot Valley neighbors incensed.
Strangling the Last Best River
The Yellowstone River is still the longest undammed river in the Lower 48, but miles of riprap on its banks lock the river into a channel that is more a rain gutter than a free-flowing river.
The Pacific Yew: Chasing a cancer cure with a chainsaw
During the height of the boom in harvesting Pacific yew trees for the cancer-curing taxol in their bark, a logger wrestles with ambiguous feelings about the trees he is felling for money.
The Rocky Mountain Front faces new oil-and-gas threat
Blackfeet Indians argue over the planned oil and gas exploration on Chief Mountain, on the border between the reservation and Glacier National Park.
On a Montana ranch, big game and big problems
On the Big Velvet Ranch near Darby, Mont., the controversial practices of "pay-to-shoot" elk hunting and antler harvesting come under investigation and attack.