Items by Rocky Barker
The long-awaited federal plan for saving the Northwest's endangered salmon avoids the question of breaching dams and satisfies almost no one.
The treaty rights of Indians from the Umatilla, Yakama, Nez Perce and Warm Springs tribes to fish for salmon in the Columbia River are coming under attack from non-Native fishermen and other river users.
Idaho's Land Board turns down an environmental group's $5,000 bid in favor of the Air Force's $10 bid on the Juniper Butte area, which the Air Force seeks for a training range.
Because of a mapping error, the Boise National Forest allows logging in the Snowbank Roadless Area near Cascade, Idaho.
Scientists say half of the Snake River's endangered salmon and steelhead should migrate naturally instead of being barged past dams, if the fish are to survive.
The land swap that will stop a gold mine right outside Yellowstone National Park is a perfect example of how grassroots protest can work.
The Endangered Species Act, enormously popular at its inception in 1973, now faces serious challenges as it comes up for revision.
Former Idaho governor Cecil Andrus leaves a legacy of environmental reform - and controversy - behind him.
National Marine Fisheries Service orders eight Columbia and Snake river dams to spill water to help save salmon.
Environmental groups charge that BLM land is overgrazed by cattle owned by Hewlett-Packard electronics moguls.
The question is whether the grizzly can take recovery on paper and turn it into recovery in the wild. The answer, it now appears, is not entirely up to the bear.
Even as McClure stood firm on his values, he tried to work with his adversaries, and for that reason he was effective on many issues.
INEL employs more than 10,000 workers, or 2.5 percent of Idaho's work force. Only the state government itself employs more people. But it comes with a legacy of pollution.
The Department of Energy predicts it will take 20 years to remove the haphazardly dumped material that has already contaminated the Snake River Plain Aquifer with toxic organic chemicals and has leaked plutonium into deep sediments below the site.
Like lines drawn in the sand, the borders of America's national parks have not prevented the crowding and shoving of neighboring public and private landowners.
While there is hope that the grizzly is nearing recovery in the short term, most scientists remain worried about the long haul.
The Corn-Gorte analysis and a Yellowstone Blueprint, being prepared by agencies that manage lands in the ecosystem, grew out of congressional hearings on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem conducted in 1985.
Park Service Director William Penn Mott doesn't agree with U.S. Interior Department official William Horn on many things, including wolf reintroduction.
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