Items by Michelle Nijhuis
The land trust movement is bigger than the earliest groups imagined, but the challenge the 250 Western groups face is even bigger, as development swallows the last open space.
U.S. admits exposing nuclear workers to radiation; Gloria Flora speaks in Kalispell, Mont.; Yellowstone Wolf No. 9 "retires" from pack; Air Force sued over low-level training flights; rancher's road permit in limbo in Arrastra Wilderness, Arizona.
Mary Belardo, chair of the Torres-Martinez Band of Desert Cahuilla Indians, talks about the Indian perspective on the Salton Sea.
Environmentalists win more than they lose as the battle over the budget finally reaches a truce in Congress.
Helen Carlson's book, "Nevada Place Names," is a delightful dictionary that untangles the stories behind the state's place names.
A time line gives high points in the history of the Antiquities Act, which since 1906 has been used to designate many national parks and monuments.
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt has his eye on a half-dozen other BLM territories in the West that he is considering for greater protection before he leaves office.
A new sport called sandboarding is becoming popular in Park Service wilderness areas with dunes, and some worry that it is a form of recreation "not compatible with wilderness values."
An Earth First!-related group in Eugene, Ore., called Red Cloud Thunder, has published its fourth issue of a 20-page "zine called "Expletive deleted."
Helen Chenoweth to wed Wayne Hage; Wash.'s Dawn Mining Co. can't use radioactive dirt to fill old uranium mine; Baca Ranch, N.M., to be sold to feds; a water block for Cyprus Amax mine in western Colo.; trophy home near Columbia River Gorge must be moved
In his own words, BLM Manager John Singlaub talks about how to save Walker Lake by building partnerships with grassroots organizations like the Walker Lake Working Group.
In his own words, Mono Lake Committee staffer Gary Nelson compares the problems his group has successfully dealt with to the challenges facing the Walker Lake Working Group.
In Nevada, Walker Lake is slowly disappearing, as local farmers, an Indian tribe and conservationists battle over the rights to the water that once filled the lake.
The tiny Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which was recently listed as threatened, prefers the same habitat as developers do, along Colorado's rapidly urbanizing Front Range.
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt explains why habitat conservation plans are a great tool for making the Endangered Species Act work.
An introduction to this special issue points out that city-dwellers' usual support for the Endangered Species Act can be severely tested when an endangered species is found in or near their own backyards.
Longtime residents of Alberta Street and other neighborhoods in Northeast Portland, Ore., have survived poverty and drive-by shootings and now face a new challenge in the growing gentrification of the area.
At least 200 young women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez while on their way home from low-paying jobs at U.S.-owned factories on the Mexican side of the border.
Chief ranger Scot McElveen says local people should not receive preference in a natural resource owned equally by all citizens.
Longtime Death Valley resident Janice Allen believes the area is not helped by its designation as a national park.
Park enemies in Congress reduced the budget for the new Mojave National Preserve to one dollar - an extreme example of the way Congress often creates parks and monuments but is reluctant to provide any money to support them.
- Wade Nelson on Gold King Mine water was headed for the Animas, anyway
- Frank matyus on Gold King Mine water was headed for the Animas, anyway
- William Bryan on Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
- Carl Reese on Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
- Steve Snyder on The Endangered Species Act's biggest experiment