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March 20, 2017

In our latest issue, we take a look back on our political history: In 1983, Reagan’s pick to head the environmental Protection agency, Anne Gorsuch, led the charge to slash her own agency’s budget and relax pollution standards. Scott Pruitt, the Trump administration’s new EPA administrator, has staked out an eerily similar path. In our cover story, a Washington man at the center of a timber-poaching gang wanted to help investigators — but he probably didn't think it would backfire and lead to an investigation that would land him in jail.

Feature

Busting the tree ring
Busting the tree ring
How a landmark investigation unraveled a Washington timber-poaching gang.

Current

What the Navajo Generating Station will leave behind
What the Navajo Generating Station will leave behind
Cleaner air, wounded economies.
Scott Pruitt isn’t the first administrator hostile to the EPA’s mission
Scott Pruitt isn’t the first administrator hostile to the EPA’s mission
How Reagan’s EPA chief left a roadmap for taking down the agency.
Return of the grizzly?
Return of the grizzly?
Feds consider transplanting bears into Washington’s North Cascades.
Latest: Family ordered to pay up for unauthorized grazing
Latest: Family ordered to pay up for unauthorized grazing
The Hages owe more than a half-million dollars.
Latest: Oil equipment shipments won’t hit scenic Idaho road
Latest: Oil equipment shipments won’t hit scenic Idaho road
New size restrictions will keep “megaloads” off the road.
Where the wild things swim — again
Where the wild things swim — again
In a borderlands river, improved water quality allows an endangered fish to return.
Clearer skies; Western govs court Pruitt; Clean Water Rule too far?

Editor's Note

Essays

 ‘Look for something white’
‘Look for something white’
Discovering the North through its most iconic birds.

Dear Friends

HCN gets an editor-in-chief
HCN gets an editor-in-chief
Managing Editor Brian Calvert steps into a new role.

Book Reviews

Nature got your heart?
Nature got your heart?
These photos tell the story of writer John Nichols’ love affair with the wild.
A tale of two Roosevelts
A tale of two Roosevelts
Two books examine how both Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt helped build an American conservation ethos.

Heard Around the West

Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Letters