Is the American Dream fading in the West?

By Benjamin Waddell

I recently spent two days with a Mexican national named Alfredo because his experience and many of his surprising opinions…

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What do we owe wildland firefighters?

By Jonathon Golden

Vacancies, of course, limit how much federal firefighters can do. If Western communities want to be protected, they need to ensure that their firefighters receive better pay and benefits.

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A backroad journey through time

By Dennis Hinkamp

Moab on a mid-fall weeknight was full. All the motels, RV parks and tents sites had “no vacancy” notices. Every…

Car Forest is 30 miles outside of Tonopah, NV, photo credit, Dennis Hinkamp

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A grassroots effort can defy the odds

By Louisa Wilcox

This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most spectacular conservation victories in recent history: the defeat of…

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Telling the truth about the way we live now

By Laura Pritchett

Evonne lives in a fire lookout in Oregon, and since I meet with these graduate students on Zoom, we’ve all…

Lookout tower

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