Items by Laurel Jones

Tribe's pines fetch clean air credits
London-based Sustainable Forestry Management will get carbon dioxide emissions credits for funding the Flathead Indian Reservation's work replanting ponderosa pines on 250 burned acres of the Montana reservation.
All's fair in smog and waste?
A new Web site created by the Oakland, Calif., nonprofit Environmental Defense gathers information about environmental and health dangers in any community in the U.S.
Keeping an eye on The Planet
Almost entirely student-run, Western Washington University's environmental magazine, "The Planet," uses local and regional stories to address national issues.
Dictionary of the American West
In his newly revised edition of "Dictionary of the American West," Win Blevins explores the lingoes of many different Western subcultures in an entertaining manner.
Gas industry gambles on New Mexico mesa
Critics warn that plans to drill for natural gas may harm New Mexico's remote Otero Mesa and the biological integrity of its Chihuahuan Desert grasslands.
Arctic Refuge
The brief essays gathered in Arctic Refuge: A Circle of Testimony offer passionate arguments against drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Small steps for change
Jessica Sherwood's Feet First Program seeks to fight Colorado sprawl and traffic by introducing schoolchildren to the idea of alternative transportation.
Fire plan gets a scolding
The government's General Accounting Office criticizes the $1.6 billion National Fire Plan approved by Congress last September.
Four-wheelin' for fee
Four-wheel-drive recreationists protest the Forest Service's new $5 per vehicle fee to enter Canyon Creek near Ouray, Colorado.
Predators keep their pelts
The Colorado Wildlife Commission decides not to allow live-cage trapping and shooting seasons for the swift fox, pine marten and opossum.
Blackfeet bet on wind
Montana's Blackfeet Indians plan to build the first large-scale wind-energy project on tribal land.
Wetland degrader swims in murky waters
The EPA has taken Idaho rancher John Simpson to court for clearing debris and beaver dams out of a channel of the Salmon River, although endangered salmon have since spawned in the channel, complicating the issue.
Indigenous group seeks citizenship
A bill before Congress will grant citizenship to Tohono O'odham Indians, whose traditional land is divided by the U.S.-Mexico border.
Birds for a feather
The Pueblo of Zuni has built a state-of-the-art aviary for disabled and domesticated golden eagles, which will provide the feathers the tribe needs for cultural and religious purposes.
Indian rock art under the drill?
Crow Indians fear that rock art will be opened up to vandalism if Anschutz Exploration Co. drills an exploratory oil well and upgrades an access road in Montana's Weatherman Draw.
Tribe tussles over target range
The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes on the Fort Belknap reservation in Montana are split on the Montana Air National Guard's proposal to drop dummy bombs on tribal trust land.
Tortoises take on tanks
A proposed expansion of the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., in the Mojave Desert could harm the endangered Lane Mountain milkvetch and the threatened desert tortoise.