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Republicans tout hemp’s potential
Republicans tout hemp’s potential
The crop could be a lifeline for struggling agricultural communities.
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Climate change is making it harder to revive damaged land
Instead of restoring the past, ecologists are increasingly focused on the future.
GMO grass is creeping across Oregon
GMO grass is creeping across Oregon
Missteps by agribusiness giants allowed the invasion. Now they’re off the hook for cleanup.
How to name a rose
How to name a rose
A recent book provides a road map to finding literature in nature.
Ranch Diaries: Late summer rain brings new wild foods
Ranch Diaries: Late summer rain brings new wild foods
How to use wild purslane and algerita berries, and how to not mistake death camas for wild onions.
Inside a seed museum meant to track plant response to climate change
Inside a seed museum meant to track plant response to climate change
Researchers have collected seeds from across the country in a quiet Colorado storage facility.
Inside the moss mystery: How the organisms helped reveal Portland’s pollution
Inside the moss mystery: How the organisms helped reveal Portland’s pollution
Surveys of tree moss uncovered contamination that may have led to higher cancer rates.
A rare ecological event: ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley
A rare ecological event: ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley
The arid park is covered in wildflowers for the first time in a decade.
Invasive plants beat natives in climate adaptation race
Invasive plants beat natives in climate adaptation race
In California, native and endemic plants are slower to shift their ranges in response to climate change, a study shows.
The tree in the river
The tree in the river
A writer ponders a remnant of past disaster.
Can small communities tackle global food security?
Can small communities tackle global food security?
Climate change has profound impacts on growing seasons and crop yields, but local solutions have promise.
Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward?
Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward?
Scientists in Alaska are mapping what may be the tip of yellow cedar’s expanding range.
Researchers find an answer to invasive cheatgrass
Researchers find an answer to invasive cheatgrass
Will this native bacteria finally thwart one of the most invasive weeds in North America?
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
The Wilderness Act has complicated efforts to protect the rare California wildflower.
Wild Science: Will climate change force bees to miss flower season?
Wild Science: Will climate change force bees to miss flower season?
Scientists in Colorado investigate ominous climate risks for pollinators.
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
Montana mycologist fights fungus with fungus
To save whitebark pines, apply slippery jack.
Non-native goats in Utah’s La Sal Mountains
Non-native goats in Utah’s La Sal Mountains
How bad are these ungulates for the ecosystem?
Cultural blight
Cultural blight
The traditional lifestyles of several Northern California tribes are threatened by a pathogen that is killing off oak trees.
Thinking green in the midst of winter
Thinking green in the midst of winter
Ari LeVaux fights the wintertime blues by curling up with a pile of lavishly illustrated seed catalogs and dreaming of next spring’s garden.
Trees — A different shade of green
Increasingly, Western cities are planting trees to save energy as well as provide beauty
The Lure of the Lawn
It’s not easy to wean Westerners away from their lush, traditional, turfgrass lawns, but with drought an increasing fact of life, Xeriscape gardening is finally catching on
The native gardens of California
Ethnobotanist Kat Anderson’s new book, Tending the Wild, examines the way California’s native peoples used – and shaped – the landscape’s natural resources before Europeans invasion
Be a patriot — get your hands dirty
The writer advises: Be a patriot; get your hands dirty
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