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Tinkering with Nature

March 31, 2003

Predator control may have a small place in saving endangered species, but it makes a lot more sense to bring back an ecosystem’s keystone species – as can be seen in Yellowstone, since wolves have returned. Also in this issue:Fallon, Nev., is home to the fastest-growing cancer cluster in U.S. history, and some researchers suspect that the seemingly harmless metal tungsten may be to blame.

Feature

Tinkering with Nature
Predator control may have a small place in saving endangered species, but it makes a lot more sense to bring back an ecosystem’s keystone species – as can be seen in Yellowstone, since wolves have returned

Editor's Note

The best restoration tools are fangs and claws
The memory of an encounter with a grizzly in Glacier National Park leads to thoughts about the place large predators have in the West

Essays

A citizen soldier looks beyond war
A World War II veteran of the 10th Mountain Division believes that saving trees and rivers is the best possible way to honor soldiers like him – especially as the nation stands on the brink of another war.

Book Reviews

On the WaterWatch
WaterWatch of Oregon has a newly revamped Web site designed to educate people about the Beaver State’s rivers and watersheds.
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
The Underground Heart: Return to a Hidden Landscape
In The Underground Heart, poet Ray Gonzalez returns to his hometown of El Paso, Texas, to examine the border country with a thoughtful and sometimes angry eye

Perspective

While the nation goes to war, the Pentagon lobs bombs at environmental laws
The military is seeking national security exemptions to federal environmental laws on the 25 million acres of land it controls

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Wenatchee, Wash., has a new sweet-smelling phone book; rodeo beats dancing in Wyoming; Moab, Utah, is not happy about MOAB the bomb; sage grouse walk on the wild side; shoes at sea; dogs vs. snakes in Reno; and mind-boggling California developments in the

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
This isn’t the first time HCN has had a face-lift; a prowl through the storage shed resurrects HCNs of times past

News

Motorheads sue over park’s seasons
HCN staff fights the winter blues with a little April foolishness
The Latest Wrinkle
HCN staff fights the winter blues with a little April foolishness
Forest Service fights red tape
HCN staff fights the winter blues with a little April foolishness
The hunt is on for a mystery killer
Fallon, Nev., is home to the fastest-growing cancer cluster in U.S. history, and some researchers suspect that the seemingly harmless metal tungsten may be to blame
A small-town mayor challenges developers
Erie, Colo., one of the country’s fastest-growing communities, is trying to slow development down, with the help of a controversial anti-growth mayor, Barbara Connors.

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