Essays

Am I an invasive species?
Am I an invasive species?
How COVID-19 and ‘murder hornets’ compelled a writer to rethink invasions.
Heartache, compounded
Heartache, compounded
After her son’s death, a writer searches for a path forward through personal and climate grief.
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Even under restrictions, the city shines for all to see.
How BPA is ruining the Northwest
The writer challenges the Bonneville Power Administration's "more' and "bigger" goals.
Cowboys ain't Indians; buffalo ain't cows
The Custom and Culture movement should take Native Americans into account.
BPA: the Northwest's sugar daddy
The author contests the The Bonneville Power Administration's claim that salmon protection is to blame for its rising rates.
Let Nature fill the niche
Wolves are making their way back into Yellowstone.
Can some good come out of the CAP?
The writer reflects on the costs and benefits of the Central Arizona Project.
We're in this fight together
Some grass-roots workers and Washington-based politicians are partners for the environment.
How Boulder preserves its vision
How Boulder's rejection of Peak Power Corp.'s hydro plan preserves the town's vision.
What ranchers need to do now that the world has come calling
A biography of a 19th century Colorado rancher.
Will Jackson save itself?
An essay on the difficulties of saving Jackson Hole from land development
How the West was liquidated
An essay on the economics of the development of the frontier.
The West, according to The New York Times
Bruce Babbitt, secretary of the Interior Department, represents the face of the emerging West.
The invisible Yellowstone wolves
Biologists believe some Yellowstone wolves have survived.
The rooted meet the transient at Taos Pueblo
An insect infestation in Taos Pueblo runs its course.
How two logging towns were lost
An essay on growing up in Hilt, Calif., and Happy Camp, Calif.
Don't look for free inquiry at the West's land-grant colleges
Essay on the role of western academics in policy decisions.
The only hope for wilderness is to save all the parts
Mike Bader, executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, advocates preserving the Northern Rockies in its entirety as an ecosytem.
A unique ecumenism at Snoqualmie Falls
Dam relicensing threatens the social and spiritual significance of Snoqualmie Falls in Washington state.
Wilderness politics are anything but simple
The President of the Montana Wilderness Association's governing council offers an opinion on the Montana Wilderness bill.
This process is out of control
If the Spanish explorers could have foreseen the many bitter conflicts over the Colorado, speculated historian Norris Hundley, they might have named it "River of Controversy:'
This bird fills more niches than a cowpie has bugs
The author reflects in magpies.
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