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High Country News July 20, 2009

Thinking Outside the Timber Box


Taking control of the machine

Loggers and environmental activists are determined to restore Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, with or without the help of the Forest Service.


Retooling for the next mission

Iraq war veterans find a new life in Colorado, this time fighting for the environment with the help of Veterans Green Jobs.

Cultural blight

The traditional lifestyles of several Northern California tribes are threatened by a pathogen that is killing off oak trees.

Editor's Note

Who can capture the Forest Service?

The national forests are in such terrible shape that it's worth trying a few experiments in collaborative restoration work.

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Welcome, new interns!

High Country News welcomes three new interns and several visitors and wins a couple of important prizes.

Uncommon Westerners

Wild Turkey, gunfire and big pipelines

Aaron Million wants to build a gigantic water pipeline all the way from southwest Wyoming to Colorado's Front Range.

Book Reviews

The stories we believe

In Rick Collignon's new novel, Madewell Brown, the long-ago disappearance of a black man from a small New Mexican village is investigated by his granddaughter.

Conservation's First Lady

A fiery environmentalist is fondly remembered in Dyana Furmansky's biography, Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who saved Nature from the Conservationists.


A tenderfoot in Taos

An exhausted young mother, her lively new baby, and a compassionate drunkard have a brief but lovely encounter on the plaza in Taos, N.M.

Two Weeks in the West

Mixed greens

California's "green" leadership is imperiled by the state's inability to handle the other "green" -- i.e., money. Plus: Statistics describe and a map locates some of the geologic carbon sequestration sites planned for the West.


Even hard-liners want to experiment in Arizona

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Grand Canyon Trust are working with a French timber entrepreneur to restore Arizona's unhealthy forests.

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