Ben Goldfarb, High Country News

Ben Goldfarb

High Country News

Spokane, WA, United States

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Recent articles by Ben:

How do you make a movie about a hyperobject? — High Country News – Know the West

The film ‘Don’t Look Up’ turns climate change into an allegorical comet → Read More

Monique the space elk and the wild history of tracking wildlife — High Country News – Know the West

The legacy of scientific researchers, and a couple intrepid ungulates, endures half a century later. → Read More

When wildlife safety turns into fierce political debate (Crossing to Safety) — High Country News – Know the West

In Island Park, Idaho, a fight over roadkill became a referendum on government control. → Read More

Grizzlies and the limits of coexistence (The limits of coexistence) — High Country News – Know the West

A rancher weighs the fate of wildlife and human encroachment in his new book. → Read More

'Nature Is Always Speaking': Proposed Dams Threaten Indigenous People and Wildlife in Central America

More than 400 dams are currently proposed for Central America's rivers, but thanks largely to a feisty indigenous resistance—as well as a non-profit—they are still yet to be built. → Read More

Hundreds of Planned Dams Threaten Central America’s Last Free-Flowing Rivers

An indigenous resistance is leading the fight to protect Central America's rivers from an onslaught of dams that threaten the region's rich biodiversity. → Read More

How should we treat fish before they end up on our plates? (How should a fish die?) —

Seafood harvesting is brutal — but it doesn’t have to be. → Read More

How should we treat fish before they end up on our plates? —

Seafood harvesting is brutal — but it doesn’t have to be. → Read More

The Tulalip Tribes bet big on beavers —

In western Washington, a nation looks to rodent restoration as a natural, ecological engineer. → Read More

Reforestation and remeandering in Leopold’s bootsteps (Updating Aldo) —

A new book follows a family’s mission to heal the land. → Read More

Why Hunting a Single Grizzly Bear Is Such a Big Deal

Idaho issued only a single bear tag, but conservationists are still concerned about the consequences of picking off just one bear in a state that has played an outsize role in grizzly management → Read More

An end of the line for the kings of the Yukon? (End of the line) —

A writer visits Alaska and finds a fishing culture in slow collapse, fading with its most important resource. → Read More

A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor (Heard around the West) —

Mishaps and mayhem from around the region. → Read More

How beavers will benefit Britain’s ecosystems

Encouraging beavers’ spread will only benefit the environment – on both the North American and European sides of the pond – argues author and environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb → Read More

How beavers make the desert bloom (How beavers make the desert bloom ) —

‘I’m always looking for ways to keep water here, and the beaver do it for free.’ → Read More

Why a New Fisheries Bill Is Being Dubbed the “Empty Oceans Act” –

Five ways H.R. 200 could "undercut the important role science plays in management decisions." → Read More

In 'Eager,' Ben Goldfarb Champions the Beavers

In an excerpt from his new book, Goldfarb explores what wilderness looks like with and without nature's most overlooked architects—and why they have more in common with wolves than you think → Read More

Can the ‘Beaver State’ learn to love beavers? (The Beaver State’s bedeviled mascot) —

A novel legal strategy could protect Oregon’s state animal from the feds. → Read More

Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife

Can the right breed help keep both domestic animals and native carnivores alive? → Read More

How to know what we don’t know about natural disasters (On unstable ground) —

A new book foretells America’s next devastating earthquake. → Read More