Items by April Reese
Attorney Lance Astrella represents landowners coping with oil and gas development on their doorsteps.
While federal public-land agencies dither, some Western states are cracking down on off-road vehicle problems.
A lack of participation could scuttle voluntary conservation agreements designed to protect species like New Mexico’s lesser prairie chickens and sand dune lizards.
Conservationists can file formal protests when the BLM wants to auction off public land to energy companies, but the differences between regional management plans and styles make the protest game little more than a crapshoot.
In Santa Fe, N.M., April Reese wrestles with the question of whether owning a new house is worth being responsible for the bulldozing of pinon and juniper trees.
Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., does an about-face and moves to protect New Mexico’s Valle Vidal from oil and gas drilling
Western states debate the best way to look after their roadless areas even as logging, drilling and mining move in on formerly protected lands
Yates Petroleum Co. plans to drill two gas wells in New Mexico’s Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
With the federal government dragging its feet, Western states are beginning to take action to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and global warming
John Morgart works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, overseeing the recovery of Mexican wolves in the Blue Range of New Mexico and Arizona
The Bush administration says its revision of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule rule will increase local control over national forests, but as Western governors read the fine print, they begin to have doubts
On the Upper Deschutes area of Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management is working to move cows off the public land
Tough economics, drought, and increasing clashes with other public-lands users are leading some ranchers to consider taking the "golden saddle" – a check from conservationists in exchange for their grazing permits
Sister Joan Brown of Albuquerque, a Franciscan, believes Christianity needs to go beyond the doors of the church and into the natural world
Cloudcroft, N.M., creates its own conservation plan to protect the rare Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly without waiting for an endangered species listing
Ted Turner's Northern New Mexican Vermejo Park Ranch is a showcase for "responsible" gas development, but critics fear the neighboring Valle Vidal won’t get the same five-star treatment.
GeoProducts wants to build a geothermal plant in New Mexico’s Valles Caldera National Preserve and sell power to Los Alamos National Laboratory, but some say the whole plan is a scam to get money from the Forest Service
A 10-year-old plan to build a controversial expressway through Petroglyph National Monument hits a "stop" sign, when Albuquerque voters refuse to pay for it
From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Lands Legacy by Michael P. Dombeck, Christopher A. Wood and Jack E. Williams takes a hopeful view of the ecological future of the nation’s public lands
Even as the Rosebud Sioux Reservation works on building and marketing "wind power," the pressure is on to exploit traditional energy sources in Indian Country