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Call for Papers for the 2016 Western History Association Meeting

The Western History Association announced its call for papers for its 2016 meeting to be held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Seeking to “rebuild relationships between historians and their communities,” the Program Committee encourages paper and panel proposals that consider the deployment of current scholarship to engage the broader public, and challenge the ways Western History taught to students at…

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A Conversation with Jedediah Rogers

One our favorite books from this past year was Jedediah Roger’s Roads in the Wilderness: Conflict in Canyon Country. A thoughtful and richly written history of the often contentious story of roads and wilderness in the canyon country, Roads in the Wilderness won the 2012 Wallace Stegner Prize in American Environmental or Western History, and has received praise…

Fossil Springs Wilderness Area in central Arizona, designated along with West Clear Creek and 37 other areas in response to the Forest Service’s RARE II process in 1984, also protects a rare perennial stream and riparian area that supports crucial biodiversity. Like West Clear Creek, the canyon walls define its boundaries. Visitors can almost always see out or across the wilderness area. In some places, the view includes roads and power lines. Photo by author.

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act: Embracing the spirit of Wilderness in the Twenty-First Century

By Cody Ferguson Fossil Springs Wilderness Area in central Arizona, designated along with West Clear Creek and 37 other areas in response to the Forest Service’s RARE II process in 1984, also protects a rare perennial stream and riparian area that supports crucial biodiversity. Like West Clear Creek, the canyon walls define its boundaries. Visitors can…