Items by Paul Larmer

Fighting exotics with exotics
Entomologist Jack DeLoach's proposal to release exotic insects to fight the exotic tamarisk raises questions about the successes and pitfalls of biocontrol.
Killing tamarisk frees water
New Mexico's dried-up, tamarisk-choked Spring Lake comes back to life when the tamarisk is removed, inspiring the Pecos River Native Riparian Restoration Project to tackle tamarisk on the river.
Tackling tamarisk
The exotic woody shrub known as tamarisk or saltcedar has infested the West's river systems, but scientists are divided over how to fight it, or whether it is even possible to do so in a degraded landscape.
Mined-over region resents EPA scrutiny
Some locals are upset over the EPA's desire to expand its mining cleanup in Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Basin.
Judge says wolf reintroduction was illegal
Judge William Downes rules that the wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone and central Idaho was illegal and orders the animals to be removed.
Freak wind storm flattens 6 million trees
After a fierce wind storm levels parts of Colorado's Routt National Forest, debate begins over whether or not to log the damaged trees.
Monumental conflict continues
Utah's congressional delegation continues to try to dismantle the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument even as the locals begin to learn to live with it.
Feds take on a sneaky species
One of the problems facing the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher can be found in the bird's nest, where the opportunistic cowbird sneaks in its own eggs, hatching offspring that out-compete the flycatcher's nestlings.
Judge clubs Sierra donor
A San Francisco Superior Court Judge rules against Ray Graham III in his suit against the Sierra Club Foundation.
'HCPs need peer-reviewed science'
In his own words, volunteer Michael Schindell with the National Endangered Species Network says HCPs have weak science.
'Landowners need more incentives'
In his own words, scientist Michael Bean of the Environmental Defense Fund says HCPs give landowners a reason to protect wildlife.
The feds won't enforce the ESA
Some say the real problem with habitat conservation lies in the government's unwillingness to really enforce the Endangered Species Act.
'We've turned down bad HCPs'
In his own words, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Region 1 Assistant Director Curt Smitch defends HCPs.
'I've never seen a good HCP'
In her own words, Environmental Law Fund attorney Tara Mueller blasts HCPs.
'The real problem is lack of time'
In his own words, California biologist Dennis Murphy defends HCPs.
Habitat Conservation Plans
Controversy reigns over whether Habitat Conservation Plans - the latest attempt to balance private-property rights with the protection of endangered species - are doing more harm than good.
Sierra Club Foundation vs. Ray Graham III: the case that won't die
Ray Graham's lawsuit against the Sierra Club Foundation, over money he donated that was never used to buy grazing land in New Mexico for Hispanic shepherds, faces a third fight in San Francisco.
Judge is bullish on trout protection
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service starts the process of listing the bull trout under the Endangered Species Act.
Oregon gets shot at saving salmon
Oregon is given the chance to try its own recovery plan for coho salmon, while the southern population of the fish in California is listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Let's 'work with the situation'
Gerry Rankin, mayor of Big Water, Utah, in her own words describes her town's high hopes for Andalex's mine, but says she is willing to work with the new situation the new monument is bringing.
'This monument was just plain stupid'
Roger Holland, a Kanab town councilman, in his own words on why he hates the new national monument.
A proud and defiant native
Garfield County Commissioner Louise Liston in her own words on her fight against the monument and her struggle to preserve what she sees as important in the region.
Beauty and the Beast
As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.
Founding father challenges his movement
At the Western States Coalition Summit VII in Salt Lake City, cracks in the wise-use movement are revealed as the small grassroots groups and some founding members such as Chuck Cushman fear People for the West has grown too big and bureaucratic.
Injunction lifted in the Southwest
A 16-month-long national forest logging injunction in Arizona and New Mexico is lifted when a judge rules that the Forest Service has completed a plan on protecting the Mexican spotted owl.
The report is readable - and grim
The Interior Columbia Basin Management Project has produced a useful but depressing science document, "Status of the Interior Columbia Basin."
When dead bees don't make a case
Beekeeper Tom Theobald pushes hard to get federal and state officials to address bee kills he is convinced are caused by the pesticide Penncap-M.
Miles County
Beekeeper Miles County, in his own words, explains why he thinks a pesticide is killing his hive.
Leonard Felix
Leonard Felix, in his own words, defends the safety record of the pesticides he and others aerially spray.