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  • The resurgence of hook-and-bullet conservation

    Hunters have done a huge amount over the years to preserve wildlife and habitat, but the powerful group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, with its obsessive focus on killing predators, seems to be taking a step backward

  • Predator hunters for the environment

    The group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife has helped to protect a lot of Western land and wildlife – while doing its best to kill off as many predators as possible

  • Piscatorial theology

    For Irle White’s father, fly-fishing was the one true religion

  • Western open space: Land of intrinsic worth

    In the anthology Home Land: Ranching and a West That Works, a wide variety of authors argue that ranching is much more than an outmoded “lifestyle.”

  • Impressions of Pueblo prehistory

    Craig Childs’ new book House of Rain is less an in-depth look at Southwestern archaeology than one person’s attempt to appreciate a part of the world

  • Epiphanies on the range

    As teacher Phil Brick travels the West with 21 of his students, he encourages them to ask difficult questions about environmental issues

  • John Nichols and his 19th miracle

    Writer John Nichols is still fighting the good fight in Taos, N.M.

  • Tribal victory

    In Washington state, the Yakama Tribe purchases its traditional fishing grounds at Lyle Point on the Columbia River

  • UnGuarded

    The National Guard is suffering at home as equipment – and troops – go off to Iraq

  • Native hum

    As honeybees vanish, Western farmers turn to the region’s native pollinators

  • Two weeks in the West

    Western states get serious about global warming; Colorado stands up to energy industry; environmental “terrorists” sentenced; “Kids in the Woods”; McMansions & mobile homes; eco-chic ain’t cheap

  • Dear friends

    New HCN employees Shaun Gibson, Andrea Lecos and Angie Riley; a bee-youtiful verse; corrections

  • Cow feed from Planet 9

    Genetically modified crops may not be the sci-fi monsters their foes believe, but it makes sense for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin to regulate them seriously

  • Heard Around the West

    Montana Republican erupts on YouTube; Dogs at Work in Oregon; “Dynamite Shoot” uses real dynamite; wildlife thrives on military bases; “Liberal elk hunting season” in Wyoming; guns beat swords in Utah; taking the cab to Arizona

  • Longing for a buried past

    Rick Bass’ new short story collection, The Lives of Rocks, proves that his fierce environmental activism has not diminished the intensity of his storytelling genius

  • A poet’s novel of the San Luis Valley

    In Rise, Do Not Be Afraid, poet Aaron Abeyta explores the lives of the people who lived and loved in the long-lost town of Santa Rita in Colorado’s remote San Luis Valley

  • Fightin’ against the feds

    Utah state Rep. Mike Noel is still fighting the federal government over Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

  • Voluntary excess

    As its budget shrinks, the National Park Service relies more and more on volunteers – and critics say that is not necessarily healthy

  • Weathering the academic storm

    Dan Donato, whose controversial study on salvage logging sparked an academic firestorm, talks about his research and all it provoked

  • The deer departed

    A plan to reduce the number of exotic deer at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore through birth control may end up doing little but alienating hunters

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