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Ray Rasker

Guest opinion: Wilderness role grows in today's economy

Guest opinion: Wilderness role grows in today's economy

At the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, it is encouraging that lands set aside for conservation can also have tremendous economic value. Wild places are key to attracting entrepreneurs, as well as a tidal wave of retiring baby boomers. And, more obviously, wild places create jobs in o…

October 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Western fires burning through $3 billion annually

The West’s wildfire season holds the high risk of again being long, expensive, and dangerous, with an acceleration of alarming trends that include more and bigger fires, and increased dangers and costs associated with the need to defend private homes. Unfortunately, what we have tried so far…

July 08, 2014 2:41 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Rising wildfire risks demand new prevention strategies

For many years, the sparse population of the interior West, where most wildfires occur, meant that forest fires did not receive the same level of attention as other natural disasters.

December 09, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

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