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August 17, 2015

How the greater sage grouse became the center of the largest experiment in the history of the Endangered Species Act, sea lions eating salmon, apiaries of non-native bees on federal lands, and more. Cover photo by Doug Dance Nature Photography

Feature

The Endangered Species Act’s biggest experiment
The Endangered Species Act’s biggest experiment
Will an unprecedented collaborative effort and lots of tax dollars be enough to finally save sage grouse?

Editor's Note

Current

Beekeepers vs. invasive species rules on federal lands
Beekeepers vs. invasive species rules on federal lands
Should apiarists be allowed to place hives of non-native honeybees on public lands?
Sea lions feast on Columbia salmon
Sea lions feast on Columbia salmon
Fishermen, tribes and environmentalists flummoxed as predator numbers swell below Bonneville Dam.
The Silicon Valley of marijuana
The Silicon Valley of marijuana
Local officials want Pueblo County, Colorado, to be the best place to grow, but not everyone’s high on the idea.
The Latest: Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho becomes wilderness
The Latest: Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho becomes wilderness
Congress gives the highest protection to the area — to avoid an even-larger national monument.
The Latest: San Carlos Apache lobbies to protect lands threatened by copper mining
The Latest: San Carlos Apache lobbies to protect lands threatened by copper mining
Resolution Copper company engineered a land swap with the feds, but locals oppose it.
Climate showdown, increase in driving, where the wildfires are this season, and more.

Essays

Dreaming where I walk
Dreaming where I walk
An Indian writer becomes an American citizen — and finds herself.

Book Reviews

The man behind the monumental aqueduct
The man behind the monumental aqueduct
Review of ‘Water to the Angels’ by Les Standiford.
Tombstone’s true grit
Tombstone’s true grit
Review of ‘Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral’ by Mary Doria Russell.
Photographs of the sagebrush sea
Photographs of the sagebrush sea
Review of ‘Sage Spirit: The American West at a Crossroads’ by Dave Showalter.

Heard Around the West

A biker starts a fire and tourists still underestimate bison.
A biker starts a fire and tourists still underestimate bison.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Accolades and visitors
Accolades and visitors
Reporter Doug Fox wins a big award for his HCN story, ‘Dust Detectives.’

Letters

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