Natural Resources

Getting Past Park Service PIO Harder Than 13-Mile Hike

It's true — some public information officers are really paranoid. High Country News reporter Tristan Baurick, trying to report on preservation of a historic chalet in Olympic National Park, found "a bizarre blockade on press freedom, the likes of which I’d never experienced outside a military base or murder scene."

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"The Last Ocean"

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"The Last Ocean: Antarctica's Ross Sea Project: Saving the Most Pristine Ecosystem on Earth"

By John Weller
Rizzoli, $50

Reviewer: JENNIFER WEEKS

Few Americans have probably heard of the Ross Sea, which is a deep bay of the Southern Ocean next to Antarctica. But many know about Chilean sea bass, a mild white fish that has been popular in high-end restaurants for more than 15 years.

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