Essays

Mom loves the desert. Daughter loves the Dollar Store.
Mom loves the desert. Daughter loves the Dollar Store.
Can a desert ‘superbloom’ compete with the flashy pull of toys and gadgets?
I used to raise cattle for slaughter. Now I refuse to eat meat.
I used to raise cattle for slaughter. Now I refuse to eat meat.
Once a holistic rancher, Laura Jean Schneider reflects on her decision to abandon the industry.
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
Renting culture puts dreams of cultivating wildness out of reach.
A life to fry for: hot on the trail of bighorn
Charles Bowden tracks wild sheep in the desert heat. Excerpted from Gary Paul Nabhan's anthology, Counting Sheep.
Utah and the Ute Tribe are at war
Distrust from past betrayals makes Utes stall Utah on Central Utah Project.
Consensus may not be the best way to reform grazing
Writer warns that consensus grazing management has failed in the past and will fail again.
Of buffalo thoughts and amethysts
Childhood in Wyoming was full of hidden riches.
Don't try to improve grazing; abolish it!
Andy Kerr believes grazing must be ended rather than reformed.
Why one advocacy group steers clear of consensus efforts
Why Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance doesn't participate in advisory groups.
Scientist says Yellowstone Park is being destroyed
Yellowstone elk destroying the biodiversity and ecological integrity of ecosystem.
A forest supervisor says 'thank you'
Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor Jim Furnish discusses changing his agency's bad record.
Endless pressure, endlessly applied
Earth First! founder offers a strategy for making politicians do the right thing.
We need a regional wilderness law
A former Forest Service ranger describes the need for a bill like the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.
Justice for owls, and for communities
Clinton forest plan doesn't include justice for logging communities.
Lycra is as 'authentic' as denim
Cultural clash between newcomers and land-based old-timers is nothing new.
The Forest Service sells out
In Colorado, Tom Chapman trades West Elk Wilderness inholding for land near Telluride, bilking the Forest Service of millions of dollars.
A forester thrives in the belly of the beast
Len Lankford manages private Colorado forests for sustainable yield.
Salmon: the Clinton-Babbitt train wreck
Agencies will try to find a way around new salmon ruling.
An open letter to Andy Kerr in rural Oregon
Oregon writer muses on how Andy Kerr will fit into his new community.
Clifton, Arizona: A town no one knows
Mining town gives visitors a picture of the old - and the new - West.
How to turn lemonade into lemons
Babbitt's vision for grazing reform couldn't include Jim Baca.
Bruce Babbitt as Captain Consensus
Bruce Babbitt will destroy the West in order to save an anachronistic image of it.
RS 2477: A loophole for vandals
ORV users claim rights-of-way through 1866 law.
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