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April 29, 2013

Reassessing the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan, wolf trapping in Idaho, Idaho ranchers find common ground with the BLM while fighting range fires, and more.

Feature

Seeking balance in Oregon's timber country
Seeking balance in Oregon's timber country
Can logging towns and old-growth forests both thrive in the Northwest?

Editor's Note

Historic Northwest Forest Plan needs a careful overhaul
Historic Northwest Forest Plan needs a careful overhaul
The Northwest Forest Plan, no 20 years old, faces pressures new and old, with no easy fix in sight.

Current

Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument
Hispanic leaders spearheaded the Río Grande del Norte National Monument
In New Mexico, the open and inclusive campaign for a 240,000-acre monument sidestepped the usual controversy drummed up by such designations.
Trappers catch a lot more than wolves
Trappers catch a lot more than wolves
Mountain lions, eagles, bobcats, geese and domestic pets have all been accidentally caught -- and killed -- by wolf trappers.
A new collaboration has Idaho ranchers and the BLM fighting fire together
A new collaboration has Idaho ranchers and the BLM fighting fire together
Conflicts began after the BLM banned ranchers from fighting fire on public land. But a surprising solution has emerged.
The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law
The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law
A little-known 1955 law gives the Forest Service a way to shut down placer mining claims along some Western rivers.
The latest: Mixed messages about nuclear power safety
The latest: Mixed messages about nuclear power safety
Ex-nuclear regulatory commission chief says no U.S. nuclear plants are safe, while California's San Onofre plant plans to restart
The latest: A cautious cave re-opening
The latest: A cautious cave re-opening
After closing all Western caves to protect bats from deadly white-nose syndrome, the Forest Service re-opens certain caves

Essays

Seeking Ben Kennedy: a quest to find a mysterious Montana philanthropist
Seeking Ben Kennedy: a quest to find a mysterious Montana philanthropist
The writer goes in search of a mysterious Montana philanthropist

Multimedia

The gray area: a conversation with artist Renee Couture
The gray area: a conversation with artist Renee Couture
An Oregon artist reinterprets the region's timber wars.

Book Reviews

Necessary evil: a review of Boom, Bust, Boom
Necessary evil: a review of Boom, Bust, Boom
A book review of Bill Carter's Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story about copper, the metal that runs the world
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
A review of Passage to Wonderland
A review of Passage to Wonderland
A history professor re-treads photographer Joseph Stimson's 1903 journey from Cody, Wyo., to Yellowstone.

Dear Friends

Spread the word and get an exclusive HCN poster
Spread the word and get an exclusive HCN poster
"Friends" campaign offers the new Colorado River Basin poster; Craig Childs wins Orion Book Award; John Dougherty produces "Cyanide Beach" documentary on mine pollution.

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