Items by Sarah Gilman

What goes around comes around
A student protester puts one over on the BLM.
Real ecoterrorism
A little perspective from south of the border.
That dam economy again?
Feds shut down Yakima Black Rock Reservoir proposal over cost concerns.
Going underground
Going underground
Hardrock mining slows down, but carbon sequestration and algae biofuels pick up.
Nonprofitable times
Nonprofitable times
Many conservation groups are feeling the pinch.
Mambo like only bureaucracy can
The strange dance of the regional and national offices of the EPA.
Anticlimax
Will the slumping world economy slow the latest hardrock mining boom in the West?
Green state defeats green(ish) ballot measures
California not so hot on iffy renewable energy and alternative fuel measures, but they're okay with banning gay marriage.
California still true blue
No real surprises in the Dem-leaning Golden State's presidential or congressional races
While you were voting …
While you were voting …
While the nation is distracted by the election, the Bush administration races ahead with environmental policy changes.
Scrimpfest in the West
Scrimpfest in the West
As much of the West reels economically, Wyoming and a few states thrive on energy; urban bears live fast and die young.
Wildlife wars
There’s fighting over the endangered status of wolves, sage grouse, etc., and protecting wildlife from drilling.
Bureau of Land Ravagement?
The BLM has waived environmental review of energy projects thousands of times in Utah and Wyoming.
The East is fracked
Shooting gnarly chemicals into the ground to release natural gas isn't just for the West anymore.
On the ballot: "Clean" coal and moose stew
On the ballot: "Clean" coal and moose stew
Political conventions obsess about “clean” coal and Sarah Palin, and sideline discussions of oil and gas impacts.
Snapshot
A nonprofit deconstructs a trophy home near the Columbia Gorge.
Two weeks in the West
Precedent-setting conservation easement lawsuit in Wyoming; wet spring gives way to burning-hot summer; EPA approves air-quality permit for Desert Rock power plant; Smokey Bear vs. ORVs; smoky bear vs. firefighter.
Living deep in place
Shopping for Porcupine weaves between worry and worship in its celebration of author Seth Kantner’s unique life in northern Alaska.
Going to the gasroots
In western Colorado, oil and gas companies mobilize in a publicity blitz to pack a Grand Junction hearing about proposed changes to the state’s natural gas drilling rules.
Drilling, wolves, guns and plutonium
“Drill here, drill now!” on the ground and in Western politics; Northern Rockies wolves protected again – and on the move; Obama backs Second Amendment; gas pains in the West; plutonium spill in Boulder.
Two weeks in the West
On public lands throughout the West, hikers, bikers, horseback riders and off-roaders compete for trail space, while beleaguered land-managers struggle to come up with workable forest management plans.
Two weeks in the West
Western communities get their hands dirty, growing food and pushing for local production; growers deal with frosts and costs; bees still in trouble; action on Farm Bill but not on immigration; and California’s Tejon Ranch is more or less preserved.
Two weeks in the West
Development threatens inholdings in national parks and forests; a few wilderness bills move through Congress; oil and mining booms in the West; W.R. Grace sets up trust for its victims; Homeland Security dodges enviro laws for border barriers; coal power
Two weeks in the West
Despite a cold winter, the West is still warming; the Southern Nevada Water Authority has wild ideas about water; renewable energy is on a roll, but expensive Western resorts are not; neglected Forest Service roads make a mess in the Pacific Northwest.
Two weeks in the West
A good time to buy a McMansion – cheap; lawmakers wrangle over development; “eco-terrorism” in suburbia; EPA head honcho in trouble; cleaning up dirty Western air – and a few dirty Western politicians.
Remembering our wildness
In The Animal Dialogues, Colorado author Craig Childs writes of chance encounters with wild animals.
Two weeks in the West
Nasty chemicals in the Western air; drilling dust; EPA gets tougher on mercury; wildlife agency reconsiders habitat for Canada lynx and protection for sage grouse and white-tailed prairie dogs; and Grand Canyon gets a man-made flood.
Two weeks in the West
Wind and solar energy projects ramp up across the West; Conservation Reserve Program ramps down; the West’s volcanic history; potatoes are good for you.
Two weeks in the West
EPA stymies California’s attempt to cut tailpipe emissions; the West is growing but not sure where its next meal or drink of water will come from; increasing amounts of ammonium – and guns – in the parks; avalanche fatalities are up.
Mortal fear and a state of wild grace
In The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, Lucy Jane Bledsoe chases her own wild fears across the landscape in search of a state of grace.
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