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June 8, 2015

How genetic research on common species could be the key to saving the greatest number of plants and animals. Also, a bull trout comeback, innovations in agricultural water leasing and an ode to morel hunting. Cover Image: Original illustration by Bryce Gladfelter.

Feature

Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
To save the greatest number of species, should we focus on the most common?

Current

Senate approves major reform of the chemical safety law
Senate approves major reform of the chemical safety law
The biggest bipartisan environmental legislation to pass the Senate in decades.
Western cities ranked by most polluted air
Western cities ranked by most polluted air
Los Angeles and Fresno are worst, Prescott and Bellingham best.
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Farmers try to stop “buy and dry” by pooling water rights to supply growing cities.
A bull trout reintroduction in Oregon proves what’s possible
A bull trout reintroduction in Oregon proves what’s possible
The ambitious effort brings a threatened predator back to the Clackamas watershed.
Latest: Toxic fumes inhalation added to list of oil & gas worker dangers
Latest: Toxic fumes inhalation added to list of oil & gas worker dangers
Center for Disease Control investigates recent deaths.
Latest: New air quality regulation for oil and gas operators
Latest: New air quality regulation for oil and gas operators
Wyoming will require companies to retrofit equipment
Southwest rain, Endangered Species Act, school-to-prison pipeline and more.
Southwest rain, Endangered Species Act, school-to-prison pipeline and more.
Hcn.org news in brief.

Editor's Note

The precious common
The precious common

Essays

Lust for fungi
Lust for fungi
A writer has a holy experience while mushroom hunting in southern Oregon.

Book Reviews

New perspective from Edward Abbey on the river
New perspective from Edward Abbey on the river
Review of ‘The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey’ by John Blaustein
Grave dangers and satisfying ends
Grave dangers and satisfying ends
Review of ‘Crow Fair’ by Thomas McGuane.
Heart cracked wide open
Heart cracked wide open
Review of ‘Tom Connor’s Gift’ by David Allan Cates.

Heard Around the West

Big cat cruelty in Utah and the first recorded California condor in New Mexico
Big cat cruelty in Utah and the first recorded California condor in New Mexico
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Ch-Ch-Changes
Ch-Ch-Changes
Staffing changes and visitors to the office.

Letters

Shallow understanding
High-flyin’ hypocrisy
Wetland clarification
Remembering ‘the creek’
Trade imbalance
Citizen pseudoscience
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