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Island Press Field Notes

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By John Pastor / On January 31st, 2016

Unable to gather support from Maine's congressional delegation, supporters of a North Woods national park are now setting their sights on a new goal: getting President Obama to...

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By Michael Branch / On January 8th, 2016

While you might imagine that artificial Christmas trees may be traced back only as far as the glory days of plastic in the 1950s, people actually began making fake holiday trees in the mid-nineteenth century. The practice began in Germany, where...

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By Michael Branch / On January 4th, 2016

Out here in the windy expanse of the high, wild, western Great Basin Desert, highway 395 is our lifeline.

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By Charles G. Curtin / On October 20th, 2015

What does it mean to conserve is an era of ever growing rates of cultural, social, and ecological change? One dictionary definition of conservation I found defined it as the act of preserving, guarding, or protecting. But what does one guard or protect...

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On October 6th, 2015

I began my career as forest ecologist in the 1990s, cataloging the remarkable web-of-life in the old-growth rainforests of Prince of Wales Island. Since then, I have worked with rainforest ecologists around the world to document exceptional places like...

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By Michael Branch / On September 18th, 2015

Marking our territory with wildlife-friendly fences. “Rants from the Hill” are Michael Branch’s monthly musings on life in the high country of western Nevada’s Great Basin...

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By Rachel Miller / On September 11th, 2015

Earlier this month, I attended my first conference with Island Press: the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. As the sales associate, part of my role here is to coordinate...

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By Michael Branch / On August 4th, 2015

When the ghost rivers rage in Nevada. “Rants from the Hill” are Michael Branch’s monthly musings on life in the high country of western Nevada’s Great Basin Desert and...

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By Michael Branch / On June 3rd, 2015

On the virtues of cutting and burning wood. “Rants from the Hill” is cross-posted from High Country News

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By Meghan Bartels / On May 21st, 2015

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