Items by Julie Elliott

A kick in the grass for restoration
The Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition works to restore the Great Basin landscpae that has been ravaged by cheatgrass-induced wildfires.
Woody leviathans
Robert Van Pelt's book, "Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast," talks about the unique, large old trees along the Pacific Coast, and his experiences searching for them.
Spreading seeds of knowledge
The Great Plains Native Plant Society is developing a botanic garden outside of Hermosa, S.D., in honor of its founder, Claude A. Barr.
Bison under the gun - again
Following the killing of 170 bison outside Yellowstone last winter, the Buffalo Field Campaign is suing the Montana Dept. of Livestock and the Forest Service, alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act.
Dredging up debate
Port of Portland officials and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers want to dredge the Columbia River, but a series of articles in The Oregonian reveals major flaws in the plan, resulting in a controversial exchange between dredgers and critics.
Mountainfilm
This year's Mountainfilm festival, held May 24-27 in Telluride, Colo., features 25 films that celebrate mountains and the people who love them.
Salmon poison
Ten years after being given federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, Pacific salmon still swim in pesticide-laced water, says a report by the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides.
Fashion faux-pas in the forest
Designer Ralph Lauren's proposal to swap land with the U.S. Forest Service near Ridgway, Colo., has caused a stir among neighbors, who claim the new public road would disrupt wildlife, create forest fires and bring vehicles closer to wilderness.
Habitat protection takes a critical hit
Lawsuits filed by angry developers have forced the federal government to re-examine the Endangered Species Act of 1978 regarding critical habitat.
Letting their lights shine
"Northern Lights," series of eight articles by Michael Jamison in Montana's Missoulian, profiles Native American women who have begun to speak up, take charge and bring change to reservations.
BLM's coalbed methane plan disappoints enviros
The federal government plans to allow gas companies to drill nearly 40,000 new coalbed methane wells in Wyoming's Powder River Basin over the next 10 years.
Bull trout get some help
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to designate critical habitat for the threatened bull trout.
Moose-slinging ends
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources' plan to use helicopters to relocate moose on Interstate 80 is halted when one of the helicopters crashes, killing three.