Items by Jane Braxton-Little
Martin Litton, who has spent his entire life fighting to preserve Western landscapes, is still battling to save California’s giant sequoias.
The Mountain Maidu Indians and the state Department of Fish and Game are both seeking control of California's Humbug Valley.
A rural California school builds an innovative curriculum around a nearby forest and the fire that burned it down in 2007.
Controversial forestry scientist Tom Bonnicksen believes increased logging is necessary to fight global warming.
Independent radio producers Catherine Stifter and jesikah maria ross are trying to help the Sierra Nevada by preserving the stories of the people who live there
The federal government’s plan to sell Forest Service land was put together so fast it includes 12 acres that I own.
As the West’s privately owned timberlands go up for sale, small towns like Glenwood, Wash., are working to buy local forests and manage them for the good of the community
Attilio Genasci has devoted himself to preserving land in Sierra Valley, Calif., where he has lived and farmed for 96 years
Lorena Gorbet, a Mountain Maidu Indian, has dedicated her life to saving her tribal culture through forest management in the Feather River area of Northern California
An inholding in California’s Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area may soon be the site of a resort-home development
The Clinton-era Sierra Nevada Framework is being dismantled under the Bush administration, and California spotted owls, denied protection as endangered species, may pay the price
Members of California’s Quincy Library Group are fighting Forest Service plans for logging the Plumas and Lassen national forests.
Some foresters who are using responsible environmental practices in order to be "green-certified" are disappointed by the lack of return for their admirable efforts.
In many Western communities, forest workers are quietly converting their skills from industrial logging to forest restoration.
Exotic pike have reappeared in California's Lake Davis, just 18 months after the lake was poisoned in a controversial plan, and now the state is considering underwater explosions to keep the pike from heading downstream.
The Quincy Library Group plans a lawsuit to challenge the Sierra Nevada Framework, which the group says has "killed" its own collaborative plan for national forest management.
Supporters call Mark Rey, Bush's nominee for undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment, a forest management expert, but wary environmentalists liken him to Darth Vader and Machiavelli.
The Nevada Test Site - notorious for decades of nuclear bomb-testing - is now home to gentler science, including work on alternative energy and the greenhouse effect, and on cleaning up the site's radioactive contamination.
Some critics say a proposed geothermal power plant threatens the newly designated Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area in northwestern Nevada.
The Forest Service has released its final plan for 11 national forests in California's Sierra Nevada, but the timber industry is already planning to appeal the Sierra Framework.
Nevada conservationists are stunned by the recent dismantling of the state's Division of Water Planning, largely due to ranchers, miners and rural officials who resented the recommendations of its recently revised state water plan.
Los Angeles has agreed to return some water to parched Owens Valley and to begin restoring Owens Lake, which was turned into an empty dust bowl to quench the thirst of L.A.
The Quincy Library Group sees its controversial forest plan put into action when the Forest Service doubles logging on California's Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe national forests while protecting habitat for the northern spotted owl.
The California Dept. of Fish and Game plans to restore the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep by moving animals to the haven of Paoha Island in Mono Lake, where they will be safe from mountain lions.
The consensus-based Quincy Library Group has decided to hold some of its meetings behind closed doors, to prevent what members describe as "disruptions" from opponents of the group's controversial forest plan.
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