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  • The Public Lands' Big Cash Crop

    Elaborate marijuana gardens, created and managed by Mexican drug lords, are turning California’s public lands into a dangerous, illegal, industrial-style landscape

  • The vast, unpatrolled public lands

    The same solitude that attracts nature-lovers to the West’s public lands attracts lawbreakers as well – particularly a growing number of Mexican marijuana-growers

  • Jobs open up in Washington

    Sylvia Baca becomes temporary head of the BLM as Mike Dombeck moves to the Forest Service, and the National Park Service seeks a replacement for Roger Kennedy.

  • Mr. Babbitt's wild ride

    In eight years as Interior Secretary, Bruce Babbitt has known some failures but more successes: reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone, halting the New World gold mine, and creating many national monuments, starting with the Grand Staircase-Escalante.

  • Interior view

    In an interview with HCN's publisher, Bruce Babbitt looks back on eight challenging and productive years as Secretary of Interior.

  • Homeland security drafts rangers

    Western public-land rangers are being pulled from their regular jobs and reassigned back East, guarding federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and serving as temporary sky marshals.

  • The push is on to privatize federal jobs

    The Bush administration has ordered federal land-management agencies to identify jobs that might be performed more cheaply by the private sector.

  • Outside the agency, it’s a cold, cruelworld

    Displaced federal employees may find it difficult to adapt to work in the private sector.

  • A progressive bureaucrat signs off

    Ed Marston interviews HCN reader Daniel Beard, who resigns as Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Sept. 1.

  • BLM union comes to Moab

    BLM employees vote to unionize because of management and morale problems.

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