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October 31, 2016

In the fight over a Bears Ears national monument, complicated questions arise about who has a claim on the land. Also in this issue, logging battles in Canada and Alaska and climate change's threat to a beloved berry.

Feature

The bid for Bears Ears
The bid for Bears Ears
The tribal push for a Bears Ears monument raises thorny questions of homeland and sovereignty.

Sidebar

A national monument is a heavy-handed solution for Bears Ears
A national monument is a heavy-handed solution for Bears Ears
More protection for these lands would mean more regulation and less freedom.
The fight for Bears Ears, on the road
The fight for Bears Ears, on the road
Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Ute Mountain Ute member, takes the monument debate to Washington.
The many landscapes of Bears Ears
The many landscapes of Bears Ears
See photos of the proposed national monument, ranging from meadows to cliffs.

Current

From bears to berries
From bears to berries
A wildlife biologist turns her sights on climate science and the elusive huckleberry.
An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass?
An end to old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass?
Does a Forest Service plan to end clear-cuts of old stands go far enough?
Latest: Oso lawsuit reaches $60 million settlement
Latest: Oso lawsuit reaches $60 million settlement
The 2014 disaster killed 43 people in one of Washington’s most active slide zones.
Latest: Wildlife Services to revisit predator removal effects
Latest: Wildlife Services to revisit predator removal effects
A court order requires that the agency toss out its 22-year-old environmental impact assessment.
In Canada, mountain caribou recovery falters
In Canada, mountain caribou recovery falters
A decade of conservation efforts has done little to stop the decline of the endangered ungulates or their rainforest home.
The aftereffects of Malheur, wild horse dust-ups and firefighting

Editor's Note

Essays

How to shear a sheep — and why
How to shear a sheep — and why
On the satisfaction of back-breaking labor.

Writers on the Range

The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
Silt and erosion threaten to clog up the enduring structure.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
Maintenance issues abound, a new Civilian Conservation Corps could lend a hand.

Multimedia

Famous Western landscapes, recreated with processed food
Famous Western landscapes, recreated with processed food
A pair of artists take on our consumption habits, with Froot Loop hills.

Book Reviews

War and peace on the Colorado River
War and peace on the Colorado River
A new book makes a case for optimism in the basin, but the threat of water battles will always be around.

Heard Around the West

Water tank sonics, a wolf in dogs’ clothes and a sad moose tale
Water tank sonics, a wolf in dogs’ clothes and a sad moose tale
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

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