Items by Ali Macalady

Restoration evolution
In his new book, The Sunflower Forest: Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature, William R. Jordan III lays out a powerful vision for a new environmental ethic
American Speedster
In Built for Speed: A Year in the Life of Pronghorn, zoology professor John Byers offers a glimpse into the life of North America’s fastest mammal
Agriculture’s wild side
In Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches, Daniel Imhoff discusses what’s wrong with industrialized agriculture and offers suggestions on how to fix it.
In the field with fire
A Season of Fire: Four Months on the Firelines of America’s Forests by Douglas Gantenbein refuses to glamorize firefighting or settle for simple solutions to the West’s fire problems
An inside look at the hardscrabble plains
In Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains, New Mexico photographer Steve Fitch confronts hard times on the Great Plains
Environmentalists have one big blind spot
Ali Macalady wishes Easterners would quit focusing on Alaska
Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth
Changing the Earth, title of both a book and a traveling exhibit, showcases Emmet Gowin’s strangely beautiful aerial photographs of human-altered landscapes
Fateful harvest a scary read
Duff Wilson's book, "Fateful Harvest: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret," investigates a local agricultural chemicals provider who attempted to pass toxic waste off as recycled fertilizer.
A refreshing view
In "The View from Bald Hill: Thirty Years in an Arizona Grassland," biologist Carl and Jane Bock describe their field work in the Appleton-Whittell Ranch, where no grazing has occurred since the 1960s.
Friendship in the Sagebrush West
In "Woven on the Wind," an anthology edited by Gaydell Collier, Linda Hasselstrom and Nancy Curtis, rural Western women write about their friendships with other women.
Surprise! Boise votes for open space
In conservative Idaho, Boise residents vote to tax themselves to conserve open space and stave off sprawl in the foothills.
Kayakers seek water rights
Golden, Colo., wants to obtain the water rights necessary to keep the rapids on Clear Creek flowing for the city's throngs of kayakers.
How Utah got that way
Robert Fillmore's new guidebook, "The Geology of the Parks, Monuments and Wildlands of Southern Utah," helps readers decipher the complicated landscapes of southern Utah.
New mining regs slip into rulebooks
Bruce Babbitt strengthens BLM mining regulations, requiring bonds to cover cleanup costs, enforcing air and water standards, and giving the agency discretion to deny mining proposals that threaten habitat or scenic beauty.
Park sues notorious developer
Officials at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park plan to sue to keep TDX, a corporation with ties to notorious developer Tom Chapman, from developing an inholding on the park's south rim.
Yosemite shuffles into a new era
Yosemite National Park has a new management plan intended to reduce traffic and restore habitat, by using 500 buses to shuttle visitors through the park, among other changes.
Fish fight fowl for water
Delivery of Klamath River water to California's Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge was cut off this fall in order to keep the river flowing for endangered species and farmers.
A hunter for gun control
A lifelong hunter wonders why all hunters are stereotyped as pro-NRA, anti-control, when so many of the hunters she knows feel differently.
A scarce bird tests the new rule
Crawford, Colo., rancher Mark Le Valley and other locals have set up a voluntary conservation plan to protect the Gunnison sage grouse enough to keep it off the endangered list.
Hunter orange is a long shot
In Idaho, sportsmen are divided over a proposed law that would require hunters to wear blaze orange clothing.
Tribe calls dam a trout trap
In Montana, the Blackfeet Tribe wants to remove a dam on the reservation that is killing endangered St. Mary's River bull trout.
'We still have a ways to go'
Colette Kostelec of the Jefferson Land Trust talks about trying to save land on the Olympic Peninsula near Port Townsend, Wash.
'We have a stake in the place'
Wendy Ninteman of the Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula, Mont., talks about the experience of her land trust.
Canaries in the Utah desert
In "Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West," Chip Ward describes how his home of Grantsville, Utah, came to be one of the county's worst toxic dumping grounds.
Does Web site turn ranchers into targets?
New West Research, an animal-rights group, is posting on its Web site the names, locations and phone numbers of ranchers helped by government predator control; critics warn this could turn those ranchers into targets.
More drains for pothole country?
The Natural Resource Conservation Service wants to identify South Dakota wetlands by a September fly-over, but environmentalists say the timing of the survey will leave out wetlands not visible from the air at that dry time of year.
Barely there
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies has launched the "Great Grizzly Search" to scour Idaho and Montana's Bitterroot-Selway ecosystem for a remnant grizzly population.
Treasure Valley's housing not so golden
A report in the Idaho Press-Tribune documents the trouble Latinos have getting home mortgages in southwest Idaho's Treasure Valley.
Snow surfers with a mission
The "Mountain Surf" chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in Bozeman, Mont., has started the Snowrider Project to protect water quality at ski areas.
New resort in the San Juans?
Local activists led by 77-year-old Betty Feazel plan to fight a proposed resort in the San Juan Mountains near Pagosa Springs, Colo.
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