Items by Michael Engelhard

Last words from a desert scribe
Last words from a desert scribe
Essayist Ellen Meloy’s posthumous collection is profound, outspoken and hilarious.
The plight of the ‘snow oxen’
The plight of the ‘snow oxen’
A biologist draws on his fieldwork to consider the world of muskoxen during climate change.
The contradictions of iconic lands
The contradictions of iconic lands
The photos inside two new volumes show the grandeur and vulnerability of landscapes like the Grand Canyon and Bears Ears National Monument.
How to name a rose
How to name a rose
A recent book provides a road map to finding literature in nature.
Showcasing Alaska’s Inupiat culture through gaming
Showcasing Alaska’s Inupiat culture through gaming
Few Inupiat youth are fluent in their native language, but a new game’s popularity could keep the culture alive.
The lost in canyon country
The lost in canyon country
A new book recounts the many mysterious disappearances in the Western desert.
Notes from the road to bestsellerdom
Notes from the road to bestsellerdom
An author’s promotional book tour includes incontinent owls and posh but uncomfortable luncheons.
A border crossing gone wrong
A border crossing gone wrong
Review of ‘The Jaguar’s Children’ by John Vaillant.
Shooting life’s rapids
Shooting life’s rapids
Review of ‘If Not For This’ by Pete Fromm.
Lay of the land
Lay of the land
Review of ‘How to Read the American West: A Field Guide’ by William Wyckoff
Backpacking with monster skeeters
Backpacking with monster skeeters
An Alaska encounter with the fiercest of the 176 mosquito species that roam the U.S.
Tracking America's ice-age pioneers
Tracking America's ice-age pioneers
A review of 'In the Shadow of the Sabertooth' by Doug Peacock.
Redrock storyscapes
Redrock storyscapes
A review of Utah’s Canyon Country Place Names, Volume 1 & 2 by Steve Allen
Marginalia: an essay
Marginalia: an essay
On a trek across the Arctic, a writer's map becomes a record of the journey.
Tools 'R' Us
Tools 'R' Us
A review of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl
Parched lives in a parched land: A review of the Ordinary Truth
Parched lives in a parched land: A review of the Ordinary Truth
Jana Richman's novel of a Nevada family divided by conflict over water
We cannot drill our way out of this mess: A review of Arctic Voices
We cannot drill our way out of this mess: A review of Arctic Voices
In Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, renowned photographer Subhankar Banerjee hears from 39 writers, biologists, activists and Native Americans about the need to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Interior Landscapes: A review of The City Beneath the Snow
Interior Landscapes: A review of The City Beneath the Snow
The short stories in Marjorie Kowalski Cole's posthumous collection The City Beneath the Snow take readers deep into the subarctic melting pot of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Jeff Rice collects nature's noises
Jeff Rice collects nature's noises
Jeff Rice records the natural sounds of the West.
Collateral damage
Collateral damage
T.C. Boyle's new novel, When the Killing's Done, examines the awkward way humans interact with nature and with one another.
Tribute to a prickly icon
Tribute to a prickly icon
Both fans and critics contemplate the life and legacy of Edward Abbey in a special issue of the Western literary and arts journal Matter.
No walk in the park
No walk in the park
In his compassionate, understated memoir, Walking Home, Lynn Schooler hikes across rugged Southeast Alaska.
A California Bestiary: Beauty of the beasts
A California Bestiary: Beauty of the beasts
A California Bestiary celebrates the state's wildlife with vivid illustrations by Mona Caron and thoughtful words by Rebecca Solnit.
The wild home of hope
Rock Water Wild: An Alaskan Life is Alaska writer Nancy Lord's celebration of her state.
High Country News Classifieds
  • GRAND CANYON DIRECTOR
    The Grand Canyon director, with the Grand Canyon manager, conservation director, and other staff, envisions, prioritizes, and implements strategies for the Grand Canyon Trust's work...
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Great Old Broads for Wilderness seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant to support the organization's general operations. This includes phone and email communications, office correspondence and...
  • HISTORIC LODGE AND RESTAURANT - FULLY EQUIPPED
    Built in 1901, The Crazy Mountain Inn has 11 guest rooms in a town-center building on 7 city lots (.58 acres). The inn and restaurant...
  • ONE WILL: THREE WIVES
    by Edith Tarbescu. "One Will: Three Wives" is packed with a large array of interesting suspects, all of whom could be a murderer ... a...
  • PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SALAZAR CENTER FOR NORTH AMERICAN CONSERVATION
    The Program Director will oversee the programmatic initiatives of The Salazar Center, working closely with the Center's Director and staff to engage the world's leading...
  • WILDEARTH GUARDIANS - WILD PLACES PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000. Location: Denver, CO, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Missoula, MT or potentially elsewhere for the right person. Application Review: on a rolling basis....
  • RIVER EDUCATOR/GUIDE + TRIP LEADER
    Position Description: Full-time seasonal positions (mid-March through October) Organizational Background: Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a 10 year old nonprofit organization fostering community stewardship of...
  • BOOKKEEPER/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Position Description: Part-time, year-round bookkeeping and administration position (12 - 16 hours/week) $16 - $18/hour DOE Organizational Background: Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a 10...
  • LAND STEWARD
    San Isabel Land Protection Trust seeks a full-time Land Steward to manage and oversee its conservation easement monitoring and stewardship program for 42,437 acres in...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Ventana Wilderness Alliance is seeking an experienced forward-facing public land conservation leader to serve as its Executive Director. The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance...
  • COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    The Quivira Coalition (www.quiviracoaltion.org) is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education,...
  • GRANT WRITER
    "We all love this place we call Montana. We believe that land and water and air are not ours to despoil, but ours to steward...
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    The Development Director is responsible for organizing and launching a coherent set of development activities to build support for the Natural History Institute's programs and...
  • WILDLIFE PROJECT COORDINATOR
    Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Cinnabar Foundation helps protect and conserve water, wildlife and wild lands in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by supporting organizations and people who...
  • TRUSTEE AND PHILANTHROPY RELATIONS MANGER,
    Come experience Work You Can Believe In! The Nature Conservancy in Alaska is seeking a Trustee and Philanthropy Relations Manager. This position is critical to...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT FRIENDS OF CEDAR MESA
    -The Land, History, and People of the Bears Ears Region- The Bears Ears and Cedar Mesa region is one of the most beautiful, complex, diverse,...
  • CONSERVATION SPECIALIST
    Position will remain open until January 31, 2021 Join Our Team! The New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) is a non-profit land trust organization dedicated to...
  • OLIVERBRANCH CONSULTING
    Non-Profit Management Professional specializing in Transitional Leadership, Strategic Collaborations, Communications and Grant Management/Writing.
  • GREAT VIEWS, SMALL FOOTPRINT
    Close to town but with a secluded feel, this eco-friendly home includes solar panels, a graywater reuse system, tankless hot water, solar tubes, and rainwater...