Items by Michael Milstein
Disgruntled residents of Yellowstone's gateway communities blame Babbitt and the "War on the West" for the federal budget crisis that shut down the national park they make their living from.
A wolf released in Yellowstone gives birth to pups near Red Lodge, Mont., after her mate is illegally killed.
National Park managers deliberate over whether or not they should charge biotechnical firms for extracting microbes from Yellowstone.
Game Warden Joel Scrafford resigns in opposition to a forced transfer from his Montana and Wyoming territory.
Consultant tells Wyoming ranchers at a multiple-use meeting not to negotiate with preservation groups.
Environmentalists' euphoria over President Bill Clinton's Western policies came to an abrupt end in late March, when the White House pulled public land reforms from its new budget.
A Bush administration conspiracy destroys a plan for environmental protection in Yellowstone and costs a Park Service official her job.
Today, across the West, scientists, rockhounds and those who collect for profit are battling over the bones of the 100-million-year-old wildlife of the Mesozoic.
When Lloyd Todd joined the U.S. Forest Service in 1957, choices were much simpler than they are now. "At one time, we'd have said this is how much timber we're going to cut, period," he says. "Then there might have been an article or two in the paper, and I might have taken a cussing or two, but that would have been it."
The outcome of a legal battle between a cattle company and the federal government over transmission of brucellosis from wild bison could impose dramatic changes in the use of public land in the West.
Working undercover, agents bought an array of illegal poisons, learned how to lace carcasses with them, and visited ranches where deadly baits were left for predators.
In 1989 a coalition of park and forest chiefs in what is now called the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem embarked on a pioneering plan to coordinate their management. But something went awry.
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