Spring Hill has started investigating how to turn the water coming out of its wastewater treatment plant into drinking water.
Yellow fire hoses still snaked through Westmont College’s campus in Santa Barbara, California, more than a week after the Thomas fire nearly burned through the campus.
JD.com wants to buy more of its beef from Montana, but many of the state’s residents are preparing for a fight over a proposed slaughterhouse. Read the story on Civil Eats.
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The Thomas Fire burned through Ventura in December 2017, but that didn’t stop birders from conducting their annual Christmas Bird Count there. Read the story on the Earth Island Journal.
When the Thomas Fire approached a California Condor nest last month, the chick’s radio signal went dark. Biologists recently returned to the burn area to find her. Read the story on Audubon. Photo by Stephanie Cruz Herrera.
Excessive logging landed the Mexican spotted owl on the list of threatened species under the endangered species act, but now government agencies are cutting trees down to save it from wildfire. Read the story on Treesource.
Stories I wrote for the Big Timber Pioneer in Sweet Grass County, Montana. Read more at bigtimberpioneer.net
George Gruell re-took photos of western forests to document the effects of fire suppression. Read the story on Treesource. Photo taken by Alfred Shultz in 1906.
For decades, the U.S. Forest Service has used wilderness areas as a laboratory to learn more about wildfire behavior and effects. Read the story on Treesource. Photo by Bob Mutch.
Can a tax on dive tourists stop the lionfish invasion? Read the story from Hakai. I wrote a longer version of this story for my master’s portfolio at the University of Montana. You can read that here. The first lionfish in Cozumel, an island off Mexico’s southern coast, appeared in 2009, but according to dive…
A group of landowners installed wildlife cameras on their properties in the Sierra de Cacoma. They were surprised by what they found. Read the story on Treesource. Photos by Matt Hyde.
A website sought to tell a story about the sustainability of the timber industry, but some of the stories weren’t authentic. Read the story on Treesource.
In Montana too many people end up in the ER because of meth. Listen to the story on The Meth Effect.
According to a 2006 survey from the Montana Gay Men’s Health Task Force a quarter of gay men in Montana have tried meth. Listen to the story on The Meth Effect.
Cancún’s underwater museum looked like a conservation success story, but some conservationists were skeptical. Read the story in the Earth Island Journal.
Small marine protected areas can protect coral reefs, but they might also attract coral predators such as the crown-of-thorns sea star. Read the story on SciDev.
How to stop cancer-with rabies. Scientists are using rabies-inspired nanoparticles to attack brain tumors. Published in Science.
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Layla chases a pair of huskies as she walks down the trail. She’s only 16 months old. Her mom follows, picking her up when she falls down. A pile of fresh horse poo catches her eye. “Don’t touch it,” her dad warns her. She grabs handfuls of grass and stacks rocks next to a ditch.…
Two teenage girls take the lead on a wildlife monitoring project in México. Read the story in the National Geographic Explorers Journal.