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  • Brave new L.A.

    Brave new L.A.

    Los Angeles is an unlikely model of urban sustainability for the West and the world.

  • Land trusts thrive despite, and because of, the Great Recession

    Land trusts thrive despite, and because of, the Great Recession

    The recession has afforded a unique opportunity for land trusts to protect more of the West’s private open land through direct acquisitions and, increasingly, conservation easements.

  • Measuring Tahoe’s blues

    Jon Christensen accompanies scientists trying to measure the opacity and “blueness” of Lake Tahoe.

  • Dreaming of a New Deal for nature

    A review of Neil M. Maher's book, "Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement," which reminds us that to succeed, an environmental policy must reckon compromise.

  • The great wilderness compromise

    Both sides of the contentious debate over a proposed Idaho wilderness bill invoke Howard Zahniser, father of the Wilderness Act -- and both sides have a point.

  • How not to fix conservation easements

    The writers urge support for conservation easements and their tax breaks as a way to protect private land from development

  • Gov. Schwarzenegger is the nation's newest Progressive

    The writers watch Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launch initiatives over the head of California’s state legislators

  • It takes a community to save the sage grouse

    The writer says it’s up to locals to keep sage grouse alive

  • Go West, Democrats, in the path of Harry Reid

    New Senate minority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., brings to Capitol Hill the lessons learned from a hardscrabble Nevada childhood

  • Go West, Democrats, in the path of Harry Reid

    The writer profiles the Democrats’ new minority leader, Sen. Harry Reid, a quintessential Westerner

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