Magazine
A Burning  Problem

October 17, 2011

Why good policy and good intentions won’t stop big, destructive fires.

Feature

Good policy and good intentions won't stop big wildfires
Good policy and good intentions won't stop big wildfires
Federal agencies have made strides in reducing fire danger in the West's forests, but many factors hinder their efforts
Lack of medical care on the firelines endangers firefighters
Lack of medical care on the firelines endangers firefighters
Firefighter Rob Palmer crusades for better emergency medical care in memory of his brother, Andy.
Life as a fire lookout
Life as a fire lookout
It's a long way from Lower Manhattan to a remote fire lookout's perch in New Mexico.

Current

Obama message control blocks journalists covering the environment
Obama message control blocks journalists covering the environment
The Obama administration makes it harder for its environmental message to be heard when it sets up roadblocks to information and blocks media access.
Washington's Hanford Reservation and nuclear plant may lie on faults
Washington's Hanford Reservation and nuclear plant may lie on faults
Brian Sherrod, a government paleoseismologist, believes cities and infrastructure in eastern Washington may be far more earthquake-prone than previously realized.
Cruising the ocean, counting seabirds
Cruising the ocean, counting seabirds
What an unconventional journey on a cruise ship can reveal about seabirds' enigmatic lives.

Editor's Note

Management by mega-fire
It’s a basic fact of Western life that fire rarely behaves the way we want it to.

Essays

Killing for conservation in national parks
Killing for conservation in national parks
Getting weeds out of the national parks is an endless war that can never be won, but many Park Service employees are willing - and happy - warriors.

Dear Friends

A lovely and restless autumn
A lovely and restless autumn
Art Director Cindy Wehling takes a break, and Kris Scott and Shaun Gibson take over the reins; visitors; corrections and clarifications.

Book Reviews

Chronicles of the 'Cowboy Candidate,' a review of Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands
Chronicles of the 'Cowboy Candidate,' a review of Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands
In his thorough history, Roger Di Silvestro delves deep into the early life of the future president, particularly his discovery of the West.

Letters