Our 2007 Environmental Awards celebrate 10 amazing success stories: public-private partnerships preserving vast stretches of wildlife-filled tundras, rain forests, canyons, grasslands, and rivers throughout the West. Our picks include major additions to the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge, 275,000 acres of wilderness in Mendocino County, and the botanical wonderland of Hawaii's Waimea Valley. Many of these new preserves are already open for hiking, fishing (like Montana's Madison River, pictured), or simply blissing out in nature. www.sunset.com/paradise
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IRISH BROWN BREAD Bake up a warm round of this quick crusty bread, and you'll see why readers give it 5 stars. Get the easy directions in Sunset's Kitchen Assistant, our online recipe finder. www.sunset.com/brownbread
GARDENING 101 Log on and dig into our new online gardening guide. Need planting ideas? Browse hundreds of listings in our "Find the Right Plant" guide, complete with photos, facts, and care essentials. Have questions? "Garden Basics" has answers, advice, and step-by-step techniques for everything from planting and fertilizing to pruning and weeding. Go to Sunset.com and click on "Garden."
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The patio warms up Outdoor living season is coming. Get ideas for furniture, firepits, tiki bars, and more in the Sunset.com community forums. Point your browser to www.sunset.com/community and scroll to "Outdoor Style."