Items by Paul Larmer
A once-vigorous effort to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Selway-Bitterroot County on the Idaho/Montana border has hit some unexpected road blocks and detours.
Entomologist Jack DeLoach's proposal to release exotic insects to fight the exotic tamarisk raises questions about the successes and pitfalls of biocontrol.
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.
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.
Some locals are upset over the EPA's desire to expand its mining cleanup in Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Basin.
Judge William Downes rules that the wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone and central Idaho was illegal and orders the animals to be removed.
After a fierce wind storm levels parts of Colorado's Routt National Forest, debate begins over whether or not to log the damaged trees.
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.
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.
A San Francisco Superior Court Judge rules against Ray Graham III in his suit against the Sierra Club Foundation.
In his own words, volunteer Michael Schindell with the National Endangered Species Network says HCPs have weak science.
In his own words, scientist Michael Bean of the Environmental Defense Fund says HCPs give landowners a reason to protect wildlife.
Some say the real problem with habitat conservation lies in the government's unwillingness to really enforce the Endangered Species Act.
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.
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.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service starts the process of listing the bull trout under the Endangered Species Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Interior Columbia Basin Management Project has produced a useful but depressing science document, "Status of the Interior Columbia Basin."
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.
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