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Good Neighbors
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December 7, 2015

Why researchers are studying a group of Southwestern ranchers to learn about sharing, plus a look at the long road to protected habitat for the murrelet and the West's disappearing fire lookouts.

Feature

Why being a good neighbor is a good idea
Why being a good neighbor is a good idea
Researchers look to Southwestern ranchers to learn why we share — and what happens when we don’t.

Current

Who really killed Keystone?
Who really killed Keystone?
An unusual coalition is fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure, and they're starting to win.
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
Fire detection is becoming more technologically advanced, as the old-fashioned watchtower goes extinct.
Ending the murrelet malaise
Ending the murrelet malaise
After decades of declines, Washington state finally has a plan to preserve the bird’s habitat.
Will the Little Shell tribe finally be recognized?
Will the Little Shell tribe finally be recognized?
The tribe's complex history has slowed federal approval of the tribe. A new rule could change that.
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is intended to guide energy development, while protecting wildlife and recreation.
Latest: Anti-gay stance spurs exodus from Mormon Church
Latest: Anti-gay stance spurs exodus from Mormon Church
The church has a history of anti-gay actions.
Coal comfort, secretive powerbrokers and dastardly Ducks Unlimited

Editor's Note

Conversation

High Country News: Branching out
High Country News: Branching out
The fourth in a series celebrating our 45th Anniversary.

Essays

Playing the Alaska card
Playing the Alaska card
A native of the state explains the short-lived social power the state gives.

Writers on the Range

Adrenaline junkies get political
Adrenaline junkies get political
Do young recreationalists who like things faster and steeper care about the land the way their forebears did?

Book Reviews

Chronicling seven decades of parachuting into wildfires
Chronicling seven decades of parachuting into wildfires
A review of Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith's “Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters“
The U.S. Forest Service: an agency adrift
The U.S. Forest Service: an agency adrift
A review of “Toward a natural forest“ by Jim Furnish
Gun-toting toddlers in the desert and drunk Brits in the Grand Canyon
Gun-toting toddlers in the desert and drunk Brits in the Grand Canyon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Letters