Items by Laura Paskus
Conservationists say the "Sound Science Planning Act" - a proposed amendment to the Endangered Species Act - could weaken the roles of U.S. wildlife agencies in deciding which species receive federal protection.
The best way to meet the true West is to explore its small towns and especially its smoky bars, and listen to the stories of the folks who gather there.
California's San Francisco Bay may become the site of the country's second-largest coastal wetland restoration project, if all goes according to plan.
The agreement between state and federal agencies to keep a "minimum flow" of water in New Mexico's Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers has failed to do the job in this year's severe drought.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has again changed its opinion and will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to begin dredging the Columbia River, despite environmentalists' concerns about the wild salmon.
Protection for wildlife in the Siskiyou National Forest is gone now that BLM and USFS have reopened 90 percent of lands to new mining claims before environmental studies are completed.
The Duwamish Tribe, seeking federal recognition, has been rebuked by the Bush administration, due to a technical glitch in paper work by the outgoing Bureau of Indian Affairs director.
The Draper Museum in Cody, Wyo., offers visitors an interactive experience of the Yellowstone region.
A new agreement by the Fish and Wildlife Service and Minneapolis Xcel Energy could set a precedent for protecting more raptors from electrocution on power lines.