Items by Melynda Coble

She wins friends for lions, wolves and bears
Janelle Holden, the daughter of two Republican legislators, works with the Predator Conservation Alliance in Montana to help ranchers learn how to co-exist with wolves and other predators
A glimpse of the past in a grain of pollen
Montana paleoecologist Cathy Whitlock studies the recent geological past and looks for clues to the future of the West
Invasive invaders
In western Oregon, volunteers from the nonprofit group Friends of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah fight invasive plant and animal species on the ground.