Editor's Note

HCN renews its commitment to covering the West’s complexities
HCN renews its commitment to covering the West’s complexities
We debut a new design as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.
The West needs more effective political coverage
The West needs more effective political coverage
Retrospective storytelling captures the nuance of our systems to better inform us as we enter election season.
Poor oversight comes back to haunt us
Poor oversight comes back to haunt us
Two investigations reveal federal agencies are too lax on bad actors.
The art of adaptation
Forestry fandango
Hunger pangs
Hunger pangs
What’s happening in Arctic villages foreshadows a future of climate disruption.
Taking the romance out of farming
Taking the romance out of farming
Some farms are using the river as their sewer.
A wild paradox
A wild paradox
How we interface with wilderness.
What hides in the waters
What hides in the waters
In the rural West, river pollution seems somewhat straightforward, when in reality it’s infinitely complex.
Official lawlessness on the border
Official lawlessness on the border
No agency can be expected to care for the environment if the citizens who empower it don’t pay attention.
Conflict for the sake of conflict
Conflict for the sake of conflict
Cliven Bundy’s Nevada standoff shows we can’t dismiss armed drama, but we should also understand that the issues surrounding gun control point to something deep in America’s philosophical DNA.
The vital diversity of our parks
The vital diversity of our parks
By making our national parks more welcoming to minorities, we realize the potential of “America’s Best Idea.”
A path to an unexpected place
A path to an unexpected place
Gallup’s challenge is to use its nascent recreation economy to benefit the entire community.
Savoring the horror stories
Savoring the horror stories
HCN readers get a kick out of their difficult travels in the West.
The long arm of California energy policy
The long arm of California energy policy
The Golden State's legacy in the Interior West is about to change.
Looking after we leap
Looking after we leap
Uncertainty about the effects of chemicals and environmental contaminants on human health often justifies lax regulation. Should it?
Older and wiser
Older and wiser
Two public lands and grazing stories as much about process and potential as on-the-ground changes.
What do a biker bar and nuclear waste have in common?
What do a biker bar and nuclear waste have in common?
Gritty, ongoing reportage delivers an important message: The fundamental problem with nuclear energy — its incredibly dangerous waste products — remains unsolved.
L.A. is here to stay
L.A. is here to stay
Why would any magazine editor include Los Angeles in a special issue on environmental sustainability?
Environmentalists without borders
Environmentalists without borders
The blue gum eucalyptus and its cousins are not especially invasive, making it harder to agree on their management.
For the love of trees
For the love of trees
When trees change due to the planet’s shifting climate, we change too.
Restoring the red pulse
Restoring the red pulse
Alaska’s Bristol Bay can teach us how to preserve what we still have and to restore what we’ve lost.
Western towns shaped by industries they pursue
Western towns shaped by industries they pursue
Converting an old mine to a physics lab in Lead, South Dakota, is just one example of how towns change directions due to deliberate actions as well as random chance.
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