Focus

  • Draining the tub

    Draining the tub

    Lake Mead has dropped below its record low, and the reservoir's future does not look good.

  • The smoke police

    The smoke police

    Simon Winer patrols the San Francisco Bay Area, sniffing out violators when poor air quality requires a ban on wood-smoke fires.

  • Little orphan easement?

    Little orphan easement?

    When a land trust dissolves, its conservation easements need to be taken on by another group, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.

  • The ghost of Tulare

    The ghost of Tulare

    Steve Haze is determined to restore California's long-vanished Tulare Lake, and now it seems that his dream might finally come true.

  • Catron County confluence

    Catron County confluence

    A threat to Catron County's groundwater brings conservative ranchers and liberal newcomers together.

  • Conservation for the adrenaline crowd

    Can the Red Bull generation of outdoor recreationists get serious about saving the planet?

  • Audubon feathers fly in Arizona

    Audubon feathers fly in Arizona

    A controversial proposed land swap reveals the growing rift between Maricopa Audubon and a new and wealthier rival -- Audubon Arizona.

  • Conservation for the Adrenaline Crowd

    Conservation for the Adrenaline Crowd

    Environmentalists in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado have struggled to get recreationists behind their causes.

  • Solar salvation?

    Solar salvation?

    Timber companies and unemployed workers are looking to renewable energy for an economic boost.

  • Cigarette wars

    The late activist Alison Gottfriedson was one of many Indians who saw selling tax-free cigarettes as an act of Native sovereignty.

  • Colorado Guv cozies up to natural gas

    Colorado Guv cozies up to natural gas

    Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, facing a tough re-election campaign, takes a friendlier tack towards the "Drill, Baby, Drill" crowd.

  • California prepares for the next burn

    California prepares for the next burn

    Public officials – and even homeowners – are beginning to accept the inevitability of wildfires in the Golden State.

  • Paddling toward shore

    Paddling toward shore

    The Suquamish Tribe is resurrecting the old ways of Northwestern Indians – particularly their traditional canoe journeys – to improve the health of its young people.

  • From grass to grains

    From grass to grains

    The local food growers in Oregon’s Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project see a unique opportunity in today’s economic crisis.

  • No backup on the Northern border

    No backup on the Northern border

    Sheriff Donna Matoon and her 11 overworked deputies patrol Montana's Toole County and keep an eye on the Canadian border.