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Today in the Sixth Extinction

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On September 23, 2019
Ever since the giant dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers were constructed in the mid-20th century, people have known that they destroy salmon runs. The 4 huge dams on the lower Snake are particularly awful and unnecessary. But because the people in Lewiston are really proud of their stupid worthless port and because for […]
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As the endless battle to manage salmon in the Columbia River basin marches on, the courts are now forcing the govenrment agencies that manage salmon to respond to new data on how climate change will affect the salmon, making a harder case that the government is actually protecting the salmon under the Endangered Species Act. […]

Dam Removal

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On December 5, 2015

I realize that most LGM readers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about western natural resource politics. But these issues are central to understanding the politics of the West, particularly w

Billy Frank, Jr., RIP

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On May 9, 2014
Billy Frank, Jr., the Nisqually fishing rights advocate, has died at the age of 83. Frank was a key figure in pressing Native American fishing claims in Washington during the 1960s and 1970s. This was a time with plummeting salmon runs thanks to industrialization, stream bed and water degradation, and massive overfishing. Of course, the […]
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