On Grieving Trees

Rocky Mountain National Park ~ Photo: Larry Homberger II For years, a young writer saw the tell-tale signs of beetle kill. And then the infestation came for the pines at her own home. Caitlin Van Buskirk/High Country News I had recognized the signs since I was small: brazen red pines on Monarch Pass in western … Continue reading On Grieving Trees

How to Live with Fire

Wildfire needs new narratives. The podcast ‘Fireline’ is a start. Surya Milner/High Country News Flames cascaded down hills, engulfing old oak trees as firefighter Lily Jane Clarke watched, transfixed. She was standing in the thick of the August Complex, a giant 2020 wildfire that burned over a million acres of Northern California forestland. “It’s beautiful,” … Continue reading How to Live with Fire

Yellowstone is Losing its Snow

Yellowstone is losing its snow as the climate warms, and that means widespread problems for water and wildlife Snow melts near the Continental Divide in the Bridger Wilderness Area in Wyoming, part of the Greater Yellowstone Area. Bryan Shuman/University of Wyoming, CC BY-ND Bryan Shuman, University of Wyoming When you picture Yellowstone National Park and its … Continue reading Yellowstone is Losing its Snow

Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S.

Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020. Communities were left with scenes like this, from California’s Creek Fire. Amir Aghakouchak/University of California Irvine Mojtaba Sadegh, Boise State … Continue reading Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S.

A Dangerous Cocktail Threatens the Gem of North Idaho

A dangerous cocktail threatens the gem of North Idaho, Upstream mining has left a toxic legacy at the bottom of Coeur d’Alene Lake. Emily Benson/High Country News Early this spring, a migrating flock of tundra swans flew toward a long and narrow body of water in North Idaho marked on today’s maps as Coeur d’Alene … Continue reading A Dangerous Cocktail Threatens the Gem of North Idaho