Items by Kayley Mendenhall

Click for conservation
A new Web site called EcologyFund.com lets users conserve land at no cost by clicking on corporate sponsors' ads.
Something is polluting the water
The Washington state health department bans shellfish harvesting in Dungeness Bay, where the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe has fished for years, because the water is polluted with fecal coliform bacteria from an unknown source.
ORVs named one of top threats
A Wilderness Society report says that off-road vehicle use is one of the most serious threats to wild places.
Cold can knock out whirling disease
New research suggests that trout that spawn in cooler water may be protected from whirling disease.
Faith found in forests
"Religion and the Forests," a new publication by the California-based Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation, calls for an end to commercial logging on public forests.
GAO blasts land exchanges
A report from the Government Accounting Office says that land exchanges by the Forest Service and BLM are rarely in the public's best interest.
Conserving connections
The Chatfield Basin Conservation Network brings together businesspeople, county officials, road builders and environmentalists to preserve open space and wildlife habitat south of Denver, Colo.
A massacre is not forgotten
Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell proposes a national historic site for southeastern Colorado, where women, children and elderly Indians were killed by cavalry in the Sand Creek Massacre.
Cement glues citizens together
Pueblo, Colo., citizens, who worked for years to restore air and water polluted by their city's one-time steel mills, now fear a planned cement manufacturing plant will make their newly livable community unlivable and polluted once again.
Ranchers forgo their federal lease
Two ranchers give up their grazing privileges on Idaho's Boise National Forest, blaming rules to protect spawning habitat for endangered salmon.
Environmental education takes a ride
Mike Kahn is riding his bike from California to Maine, and using his laptop computer along the way to educate children about the natural world that he sees on his journey.
Farm workers' kids exposed to pesticides
An EPA report reveals that some children of Washington state farm workers show elevated levels of pesticide exposure.
Critter-watching etiquette
Mary Taylor Young's book, "On the trail of Colorado Critters," teaches children about how to watch and understand wild animals.
Dumping diesel
Southern California is trying to reduce diesel emissions by turning to cleaner-burning energy sources for public vehicles.
Farm it or mine it?
Local farmers are fighting a proposed gravel mine on 550 acres of fertile farmland near the Willamette River north of Eugene, Oregon.
Help search for snakes
Biologist Nikolle Brown is seeking photographs and information on any reptiles seen in the Grand Canyon for her Snakes of the Grand Canyon Identification and Distribution Project.
Neighbors oppose land trade
A proposed land swap by the Colorado State Land Board would trade the Little Cochetopa Creek School Section near Salida to a Kansas developer, a move critics say would harm elk and deer habitat and end local access.
Water district has identity crisis
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, until recently thought to be part of New Mexico's state government, is actually a federal agency, and could be forced to keep enough water in the river to protect the endangered silvery minnow.
Buddhist temple hits a snag
A California environmental group says that building a Buddhist retreat center in Morse Canyon near Rancho Cucamonga would harm endangered species, especially the California gnatcatcher and the kangaroo rat.
Red Mountain tries to hang on to history
In Colorado's San Juan Mountains, locals are trying to preserve a historic ghost town, Ironton, from development.
Hispanics have a new voice
"El Valle," a new monthly newspaper in the Four Corners area, combines English and Spanish to focus on the lives and concerns of Hispanic people in the area.
'A natural calamity'
"Mount St. Helens: The Eruption and Recovery of a Volcano" by Rob Carson paints a compelling picture in words and photos of the 1980 eruption and its consequences.
Mining tops toxic list
Hardrock mining tops the list of industrial polluters in the EPA's annual Toxics Release Inventory.
Nuclear waste needs new backyard
The Save Ward Valley Coalition closes its office, saying the group has made "tremendous steps toward victory," in fighting a proposed nuclear-waste dump in Ward Valley, California.