Items by Jon Waldman
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.
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.
Tension is rising between Mexico and the U.S. over the little water left in the drought-stricken Rio Grande.
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.
At Roosevelt Lake in Arizona, endangered southwestern willow flycatchers are actually thriving as the water level drops and willow and tamarisk take over.
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.
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.
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.
Fighting fire with fire is becoming more common in the West, as the Forest Service uses prescribed burns to tackle wildfires.
The proposed Wild Sky Wilderness Area northeast of Seattle could be a model for future wilderness designations, based on its diversity of tourism-based opportunities along with good environmental stewardship.
The growth boundary to limit sprawl on Colorado's Front Range, originated five years ago by concerned business leaders, developers and government officials, has been revised periodically to accommodate more growth, which critics say defeats the purpose.
Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles is accused by environmentalists of conflict of interest in his encouragement of coalbed-methane drilling in the Powder River Basin.
The Hofer rainbow trout, a foreign offspring of the Pacific rainbow, may be the answer to the cure for whirling disease, but wildlife managers are concerned about introducing the imported species, fearing it could displace native fish.
- Rich & Terry Fairbanks on Rural communities in the West need a fair shake
- on Jim Deacon, pioneering desert fish biologist, dies
- Larry Bullock on Ranch Diaries: A New Mexico cattle company is born
- Randy Piper on Bark beetle kill leads to more severe fires, right? Well, maybe
- Delaine Spilsbury on The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics