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High Country News June 01, 2009

Voyage of the Dammed

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Voyage of the Dammed

A small band of enthusiasts wants to re-engineer Western waterways with the help of a humble, hardworking professional: the beaver.

Rebooting Urban Watersheds

In California, grassroots activists work to restore damaged East Bay waterways and the impoverished communities that surround them.

Editor's Note

The river wilder

River restoration is a complex business, whether you’re talking about Colorado’s fast-moving Gunnison River or the polluted urban waterways of San Francisco’s East Bay.

Dear Friends

Visitors from underground

Spelunkers visit High Country News; correction; obituaries for N.W. Grosse-Rhode and Ramon Mena Owens.

Uncommon Westerners

Rise up swinging

Twenty-year-old Duran “Junior” Caferro wants to be a good father, encourage healthcare reform – and knock down whoever comes up against him in the boxing ring.

News

States rev up ORV rules

While federal public-land agencies dither, some Western states are cracking down on off-road vehicle problems.

Book Reviews

Forestry from the inside

The newspaper columns collected in Mary Stuever’s The Forester’s Log give an insider’s view of the challenges facing Western forests today.

Old trees, new ideas, and humility

In Old Growth in the New World, 28 writers and experts debate whether and how the Pacific Northwest’s old-growth forests should be managed.

Essays

Natural comfort

It seems romantic to die alone in the wild, until you begin to lose the people you love

Focus

California prepares for the next burn

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

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