Items by Beth Wohlberg

Students' snowmobiles show up industry
In the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, held in Jackson, Wyo., university students from New York designed a cleaner, quieter snowmobile than the industry has ever made.
Backtracking
"Backtracking: By Foot, Canoe and Subaru on the Lewis and Clark Trail" by Benjamin Long describes how the author and his wife quit their jobs to hit the road, retracing the journey of Lewis and Clark.
Take a walk
Katie Alvord's book, Divorce Your Car! Ending the love affair with the automobile, offers reason, advice and good humor about reducing automobile use.
From cumbersome to collaborative
"Reclaiming NEPA's Potential," a compilation of proceedings from a workshop on assessing the federal government's environmental actions to make the process more collaborative, is now available.
Looters beware: Tribes are fighting back
In the Pacific Northwest, tribes are working with archaeologists and agencies to protect the area's frequently vandalized and looted Native American historical sites.
Salmon Corps
The Salmon Corps trains young Native Americans in stream restoration work in the Northwest.
Finding fresh flora
The Oregon Flora Project is working to create a comprehensive list of every plant that grows in the state.
Farm Bureau not for farmers
Defender of Wildlife's report, "Amber Waves of Gain," accuses the American Farm Bureau of kowtowing to agribusiness at the expense of farmers and the environment.
A whir of wings
In November, New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge hosts its annual Festival of the Cranes.
New developer thinks big
Kennecott Utah Copper Corp. is proposing to build "Sunrise," a brand-new town on company-owned land in the Salt Lake Valley near South Jordan, Utah.
Republicans attack sovereignty
Native Americans throughout the West are angry at Washington state's Republicans for passing a resolution that attacks tribal sovereignty.
Who speaks for the sheep?
On Arizona's Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, managers are caught between desert bighorn sheep advocates, who say the animals need human-made waterholes, and others who say that hauling water by authorized motorized vehicles harms the wilderness.
No recreation fees - for now
Visitors to the Snake River in Wyoming avoid the fee-demo program by donating to the Snake River Fund; the Forest Service gets the money only after local river-users approve the agency's river projects.
Barberry bush beats bacteria
A compound from the Fremont barberry bush on Colorado's Western Slope is helping researchers fight antibiotic resistance.
One big bighorn
The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois, Wyo., will display the skull of the biggest bighorn ever known, a 15,000- to 22,000-year-old relic.
Loggers win one
A county jury says the state of Washington must pay SDS Co., a logging company, to protect endangered spotted owls on the company's private land.
Government writes wolf success story
The federal government wants to downlist the gray wolf from "endangered" to "threatened" status, a move conservationists say could endanger the whole wolf recovery program.
Caterpillar concoction causes concern
Conservationists are fighting a Forest Service plan to control tussock moths by using ground-up caterpillars that carry a virus.
Help Hells Canyon
The public can comment on the Forest Service's proposed new 10-year management plan for Hells Canyon National Recreation Area on the Idaho-Oregon border.
Painting the prairie
"Crowded Prairie: Four Painters" presents the work of Chuck Forsman, Karen Kitchel, John Hull and James Lancel McElhinney in an exhibit at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery.
Wolves develop an appetite for beef
In Montana, the pack of reintroduced wolves known as the Ninemile wolves, has developed a mysteriously destructive appetite for cattle, and neither ranchers nor wolf biologists are sure of what to do about it.