Items by Ben Goldfarb

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.
The exotic dancing boom in North Dakota goes bust
The exotic dancing boom in North Dakota goes bust
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region
In ‘Gold Fame Citrus,’ the nascent genre of cli-fi looks to California
In ‘Gold Fame Citrus,’ the nascent genre of cli-fi looks to California
A new climate change novel predicts a dystopian West of sand and refugees.
Malheur occupation could set conservation efforts back years
Malheur occupation could set conservation efforts back years
Invasive carp may recolonize areas they were once eradicated from, depending on how long the occupation lasts.
Wildlife Services and its eternal war on predators
Wildlife Services and its eternal war on predators
The federal agency has been researching nonlethal means to protect livestock for decades. So why is it still killing so many carnivores?
Can plant-based feeds make aquaculture sustainable?
Can plant-based feeds make aquaculture sustainable?
Some scientists are replacing sardines and anchovies with soybeans and corn as food for farmed fish.
To save a pine tree, researchers fight fungus with fungus
To save a pine tree, researchers fight fungus with fungus
White bark pines are dying from infection across the Northern Rockies.
Fishers recolonize Washington, part of a Northwest rewilding
Fishers recolonize Washington, part of a Northwest rewilding
The forest carnivore’s return was helped by human intervention.
Ending the murrelet malaise
Ending the murrelet malaise
After decades of declines, Washington state finally has a plan to preserve the bird’s habitat.
Will GMO salmon harm Alaska’s fishing industry?
Will GMO salmon harm Alaska’s fishing industry?
Fishermen fear AquaBounty’s creation will collapse salmon prices, but history tells a more complex tale.
Ducks Unlimited fires writer over stream access fracas
Ducks Unlimited fires writer over stream access fracas
An axed journalist accuses a billionaire of playing fowl with sportsmen's rights.
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