Items by Ben Goldfarb

When wildlife safety turns into fierce political debate
When wildlife safety turns into fierce political debate
In Island Park, Idaho, a fight over roadkill became a referendum on government control.
Grizzlies and the limits of coexistence
Grizzlies and the limits of coexistence
A rancher weighs the fate of wildlife and human encroachment in his new book.
From Russia with love — and salmon
From Russia with love — and salmon
A new book explores the borderlands of ‘Salmon Nation,’ from the American West to Russia’s Far East.
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
A new book contemplates nature, solitude, grief and grace.
How should we treat fish before they end up on our plates?
How should we treat fish before they end up on our plates?
Seafood harvesting is brutal — but it doesn’t have to be.
The Tulalip Tribes bet big on beavers
The Tulalip Tribes bet big on beavers
In western Washington, a nation looks to rodent restoration as a natural, ecological engineer.
Reforestation and remeandering in Leopold’s bootsteps
Reforestation and remeandering in Leopold’s bootsteps
A new book follows a family’s mission to heal the land.
A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
An end of the line for the kings of the Yukon?
An end of the line for the kings of the Yukon?
A writer visits Alaska and finds a fishing culture in slow collapse, fading with its most important resource.
How beavers make the desert bloom
How beavers make the desert bloom
‘I’m always looking for ways to keep water here, and the beaver do it for free.’
In Oregon, a peculiar case for protecting the beaver
In Oregon, a peculiar case for protecting the beaver
Using the Endangered Species Act, a novel strategy could protect keystone species.
How to know what we don’t know about natural disasters
How to know what we don’t know about natural disasters
A new book foretells America’s next devastating earthquake.
What the last eclipse tells us about the 19th-century West
What the last eclipse tells us about the 19th-century West
A new book by a self-proclaimed umbraphile tells the story of a West in shadow.
Why we should celebrate unlovely fish
Why we should celebrate unlovely fish
An angler documents his pursuit of the uglier species.
Busting the tree ring
Busting the tree ring
How a landmark investigation unraveled a Washington timber-poaching gang.
Where wildlife is up against the wall
Where wildlife is up against the wall
Donald Trump’s proposed border wall would devastate migrating animals.
A new journalism, past fear-mongering
A new journalism, past fear-mongering
Reporting solutions is a form of resistance in its own right.
A different boom-and-bust story
A different boom-and-bust story
Bridging the here/elsewhere divide in a country grown accustomed to failure.
Will a dam save the pallid sturgeon, or doom it?
Will a dam save the pallid sturgeon, or doom it?
On the Yellowstone River, farmers and conservationists clash over controversial infrastructure.
Coastal urbanization could boost biodiversity
Coastal urbanization could boost biodiversity
Environmental DNA surveys found higher diversity of clams and mud-dwelling species in populated Puget Sound.
Big steps for small schools
Big steps for small schools
In the battle to train the next generation of rural Western leaders, schools are on the frontlines.
Geologic vandalism, the return of the Blob and Glacier’s top dog
Geologic vandalism, the return of the Blob and Glacier’s top dog
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Food, food, everywhere, and not a bite to eat
Food, food, everywhere, and not a bite to eat
Reforming America’s broken food and agriculture systems is possible, but it won’t happen overnight.
Incremental progress, rather than quick fixes, will help the Southwest overcome substance abuse
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
The feds have promised lodging at traditional fish camps — but haven’t delivered.
Sex, death and spaghetti: Jim Harrison’s last writings
Sex, death and spaghetti: Jim Harrison’s last writings
The curmudgeonly author’s last collection, published just weeks before his death, remains preoccupied with the joy of life.
It’s all about access
It’s all about access
Rural healthcare solutions focus on connecting patients and providers.
The grand plan to save the Yellowstone River
The grand plan to save the Yellowstone River
Can one man’s pie-in-the-sky idea save one of the West’s most iconic and underloved rivers?
In Washington, the Nooksack 306 fight to stay in their tribe
In Washington, the Nooksack 306 fight to stay in their tribe
An internecine battle rages over tribal membership and identity.
Desert tortoise militia occupies Bundy Ranch
Desert tortoise militia occupies Bundy Ranch
Endangered reptiles stage heavily armored takeover of cattleman’s property.
High Country News Classifieds
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    Job Announcement: Membership Director Job Title: Membership Director Supervisor: Executive Director Classification: Full-time exempt Location: Boise, ID Job Overview Winter Wildlands Alliance is seeking a...
  • IMPROVED LOT
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  • STEWARDSHIP SPECIALIST
    San Isabel Land Protection Trust seeks experienced person to manage its 133 conservation easements in south-central Colorado.
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Executive Director Position Announcement POSITION TITLE: Executive Director ORGANIZATION: Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument REPORTING TO: Board of Directors LOCATION: Ashland, OR POSTING CLOSES: March...
  • ARIZONA CONSERVATION CORPS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Arizona Conservation Corps is seeking a Program Director in Flagstaff or Tucson
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  • GRANT WRITER
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  • ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IN THE OUTDOOR PROGRAM
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  • SEASONAL SAN JUAN RANGERS
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  • REMOTE SITKA ALASKA FLOAT HOUSE VACATION RENTAL
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  • LISA MACKEY PHOTOGRAPHY
    Fine Art Gicle Printing. Photo papers, fine art papers, canvas. Widths up to 44". Art printing by an artist.
  • WILDERNESS CONSERVATION CORPS - OREGON
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  • CANYONLANDS FIELD INSTITUTE
    Colorado Plateau Natural & Human History Field Seminars. Lodge, river, hiking options. Small groups, guest experts.
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