Opinions

Don't call plugging wolves hunting

It's been about three months since wolves in the Northern Rockies were removed from the protection of the Endangered Species Act. To date, at least 20 wolves have been reported killed in Wyoming, where they may legally be shot on sight. That's an average of one wolf killed every four and half days...
July 16, 2008

We thought we were safe

I live close to tall trees in Northern California, and on the afternoon of June 12, I held our mare, Millie, and watched wildfire advance toward the draw not 1,000 away where my wife and I had almost finished building our home. We'd been working on the house for almost four years. The wind pushed...
July 16, 2008

The case of the Naked Lady raises a good question

We just finished the Fourth of July in Ashland, Ore.  It’s a big deal here, with a long parade past thousands of people, acres of waving flags, a full-blown fireworks extravaganza and a noisy day of music and cotton candy in the city park. You find the cotton candy among booths...
July 11, 2008

Apocalypse now, as fires rage through California

If Hollywood is planning a film version of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel, “The Road,” anytime soon, they would do well to do location scouting here in California's Butte County. If you've read the novel, you'll recall that it features the journey of a man and his son, two...
July 11, 2008

Being native takes work

I'm in the tiny town of Moiese on the Flathead Reservation near the National Bison Range. Cloud shadows pass over the nearest hills, traveling in rolling dark patches that look like some kind of herd animals themselves. I slow to a stop on a gravel road between nowhere and nowhere and get out of...
July 1, 2008

Kayaking the Klamath while dodging the dams

The Klamath is a 300-mile-long waterway traveling from Oregon's Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. Once, it was the third-most productive salmon fishing river in North America. Today, Klamath River salmon are approaching extinction, thanks mainly to six dams that...
July 1, 2008

Conservation groups come and go. Why?

Everyone who's been involved in the environmental movement has seen it happen. Over the past 20 years or so I've been affiliated with at least a dozen groups, and I've seen it happen several times. I'm talking about professionalization. It begins when a group of grassroots activists begins to...
July 1, 2008

The Case for Mining Law Reform

On June 17, the generally conservative commissioners of Lincoln County, New Mexico, terrified by the prospect of a big gold mining operation in the nearby Capitan Mountains, asked the Senate to amend the 1872 mining law to give local officials some say in the matter. Read More...
June 24, 2008

Drillers tap into West fears

"We may not make it to the mountains each weekend, but we aspire to. We like to know that wilderness will be available to us and our children. Despite wages and benefits that are lower than in other regions, it's that aspiration that keeps us choosing to live here," she says. Read More...
June 24, 2008

Wolf management best controlled by states

When bald eagles soared off the endangered species list last summer, there were champagne toasts from coast to coast. Americans were proud to have restored another symbol of freedom and wildness. It was a success that mirrored previous restorations of elk, mule deer, black bears, bighorn sheep,...
June 16, 2008
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