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  • When nature calls, don't follow your instincts

    For environmental as well as aesthetic reasons, parks like Grand Teton in Wyoming are doing away with wilderness outhouses, and requesting hikers to use "poop bags" to pack out human waste.

  • The sod squad wants to soak you

    In the drought-stricken West, water cops, singing governors and giant walking raindrops are just some of the odd measures spawned by water-conservation campaigns.

  • Shrinking water supply makes room for birds

    At Roosevelt Lake in Arizona, endangered southwestern willow flycatchers are actually thriving as the water level drops and willow and tamarisk take over.

  • Bikers waffle on wilderness

    In California, the International Mountain Bicycling Association is leery of a new proposal to designate two and half million acres of wilderness in the state.

  • Mi rio, mi agua

    Tension is rising between Mexico and the U.S. over the little water left in the drought-stricken Rio Grande.

  • Utah gases up

    Veritas DGC Inc. has released a draft EIS proposing oil and gas exploration in Utah's Book Cliffs.

  • Lewis and Clark revisited

    The Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition plans to commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with a get-together examining the connections between the explorers, Native Americans and salmon.

  • It's the dog days for prairie dogs

    Conservation groups petition to list the white-tailed prairie dog as endangered, but the species is unlikely to be listed because the agency is laready backlogged.

  • N.D. court ruling rescinds tribal authority

    North Dakota farmer Roger Shea hoped to prevent a dam on the Maple River by giving the Chippewa Indians title to his land, but the state Supreme Court rules that the state may condemn tribal land.

  • Prescribed burns tame the beast

    Fighting fire with fire is becoming more common in the West, as the Forest Service uses prescribed burns to tackle wildfires.

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