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End of the Road

The US Forest Service is beginning to decommission some of its roads, opening the way for a wildlife comeback

On a crisp afternoon last October, beneath a canopy of larch, lodgepole, and red cedar, Pete Leusch led me up a trail in the heart of the Yaak Valley, the densely forested corner of northwest Montana that remains one of the wildest…
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by: Ben Goldfarb – September 11, 2014

Home on the Range

On the Alberta Prairie, Ranchers Are Finding Ways to Coexist with the Grizzlies in their Midst

photo Chris Yauck PhotographyAlberta ranchers Tony Bruder and Dick Hardy In 1993, Jeff Bectell saw a grizzly bear – two, in fact – on his land for the first time in his life. It wouldn’t be the last. Bectell runs cattle in southwest Alberta, just a couple of miles from the US border. Beyond his window the crown of Chief Mountain, flat and square as a giant molar, reveals where Alberta ends…
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by: Ben Goldfarb – Spring 2014

On the Yukon River, a Troubling Salmon Decline

Overfishing, industrial bycatch, and climate change combine to reduce salmon numbers

Eagle, Alaska, is perched on a bend in the Yukon River, just eight miles west of the US-Canada border. What Eagle lacks in population – it claimed just 86 residents in the 2010 Census – it makes up in international fisheries importance.…
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by: Ben Goldfarb – September 23, 2013

The Catch 22 of New England Fisheries’ Catch Share Scheme

Declining fish stocks and industry consolidation threaten to price out small-scale fishermen

Given that commercial fishing is the most dangerous occupation in the United States, and very far from the most lucrative, it takes a special tenacity to stick with the profession. Doug Maxfield is one such fanatic. Born in Essex, MA, a town…
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by: Ben Goldfarb – April 1, 2013


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