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High Country News December 09, 2013


The Tree Coroners

To save the West’s forests, scientists must first learn how trees die.


Can more oil extraction cut CO2 emissions from power plants?

Some environmentalists are getting behind enhanced oil recovery.

Public land, locked up

In the Rocky Mountain West, more than 4 million acres of federal public land are rendered off-limits because there's no way for the public to access them.

Inside the BLM's abrupt decision not to ban shooting in an Arizona national monument

Why guns, politics and saguaros don’t mix.

Alaska's unexpected catch in catch-share

Fishing reform drives inequality in coastal communities.

The Latest: Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site looks more distant than ever

Energy Department ordered to stop collecting fees for construction.

The Latest: Interior approves a 990-mile-long transmission line

Parts of the Gateway West project are still open to veto from the BLM.

Editor's Note

For the love of trees

When trees change due to the planet’s shifting climate, we change too.

Dear Friends

Ed Quillen anthology available now

Daughter Abby Quillen has assembled two anthologies of her father’s columns; a steady stream of visitors have come by our Colorado office.

Book Reviews

A review of West Coast: Bering to Baja

Photographs by David Freese, Foreword by Naomi Rosenblum

Exploring the intersection of animal and human

A review of Survival Skills by Jean Ryan.

Wild ideas, reconsidered

A review of Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem


In defense of bibliopedestrianism

A writer’s love of reading while walking in Nevada’s Great Basin desert.

Heard Around the West

A tiny town gets a new name and a coyote joins a 5K race

Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

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