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  • In search of giant trees and unseen realms

    In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston explores the amazing ecosystems hidden at the top of the world’s tallest trees.

  • Cowboy love, with a generous sprinkling of sugar

    In Crybaby Ranch, novelist Tina Welling tells a romantic story with zest.

  • Making an effluent market

    How will Westerners pay for – and market – their recycled drinking water?

  • Take back these drugs – please

    Some communities are trying to keep discarded pharmaceuticals out of the water supply by organizing “take-back programs” for leftover drugs

  • He loves nature. And dams.

    Paul Ostapuk is a nature-lover and outdoorsman who loves Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam.

  • Raising the bar for lawyers

    Washington has become the third state to require that would-be lawyers taking the bar exam know more than a little about Indian law.

  • Cutting trees to save the forest

    Chris Kelly’s environmental group, The Conservation Fund, is carefully logging its own redwood trees in order to save forests and salmon in Northern California.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Health insurance – and the lack of it – in the West; Larry Craig, Burning Man, and parts of Montana go up in flames; Wyoming booms and house prices are up, but the kids are still leaving in droves; new Border Patrol duds debut.

  • Effluent, effluent everywhere

    A recent turbidity crisis in Paonia resulted in the issuance of a “boil order,” which reminded us locals how precious clean water is in the arid West.

  • Facing the Yuck Factor

    As population growth and climate change stress the region’s water supplies, Westerners think hard about recycling their effluent, although some worry about the possibly harmful endocrine disrupters found in cleaned-up effluent.

  • Heard Around the West

    Santa Fe coyotes replaced by mountain lions; cat problems in Colorado; bunny restraining order in Oregon; dead snakes bite back; mysterious things in a dead bird’s tummy.

  • Gunning with the in-laws

    Jonathan Thompson learns to love guns – and to fear them even more than he did before.

  • Twenty views of the West

    In Best Stories of the American West, Volume I, series editor Marc Jaffe gathers 20 very different stories by 20 very different writers.

  • Sounding the alarm for nature

    In Courage for the Earth, editor Peter Matthiessen gathers 14 essays honoring the life and work of Rachel Carson.

  • Are tomorrow’s ghost towns sprouting today?

    Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and global warming will one day turn our sprawling suburbs into empty ghost towns.

  • The good and bad of peak-bagging

    Steven Albert – like John Muir before him – loves the thrill of climbing fourteeners, even if it’s sometimes a guilty pleasure.

  • Clean energy activist reflects on corporate influence in New Mexico legislation

    Ben Luce is no longer pulling his punches as he battles for clean energy in New Mexico.

  • Border restoration’s odd couple

    In southwestern Arizona, the U.S. Border Patrol is working with Cocopah Indians and environmentalists to restore a degraded, crime-ridden wetland called Hunters Hole.

  • The new land rush

    In the Rocky Mountain West, old mining claims are suddenly the newest real estate hot spots.

  • A dustup over weed control

    Some environmentalists are unhappy about the BLM’s plans to spray herbicides for weed control, but many public-land managers say it’s the only way to tackle the invasion of flammable weeds.

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