Items by Michael Milstein
Environmentalists' euphoria over President Bill Clinton's Western policies came to an abrupt end in late March, when the White House pulled public land reforms from its new budget.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to remove the marbled murrelet from the endangered species list, despite the small seabird’s declining numbers
The U.S. Treasury Department has given $50 million in tax credits to Ecotrust to help depressed Northwestern timber towns carry out sustainable logging
Facing severe budget cuts, the Forest Service is selling off property, and considering closing some recreation sites it considers too expensive to maintain
The Friends of the Columbia Gorge, a small conservation group based in Portland, Ore., has received a $4 million bequest from Norman Yeon
Klamath Basin farmers may be hit with a huge increase in electric rates, but some say that even putting farms out of business may not save enough water for endangered fish
Oregon has developed a blueprint that will allow eight or more wolf packs to move in from neighboring Idaho
Federal wildlife managers admit that the massive fish kill in the Klamath River in 2002 was caused, in part, by the diversion of water to farmers
The National Research Council issues a report saying that irrigation shutoffs alone won’t save endangered salmon in the Klamath River Basin of Oregon and California
The Bush administration plans to more than double the amount of logging in public forests west of the Cascades in Washington, Oregon and Northern California
A new study shows that logging communities received little of the economic help promised to them when the timber industry collapsed in the Northwest during the 1990s
The Bush administration bows to pressure from the logging industry to revise the Clinton-era Northwest Forest Plan.
The Bush administration aims to overhaul the Clinton-bred forestry plan, and environmentalists pledge to oppose efforts to dilute it.
The Forest Service has been illegally collecting recreation fees at thousands of sites in the West, instead of the 100 places allowed under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program.
Western public-land rangers are being pulled from their regular jobs and reassigned back East, guarding federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and serving as temporary sky marshals.
Attempts to create wilderness areas in the North Dakota grasslands bump into a 19th century state law that designated every one-mile section line in the state as a public highway.
North Dakota State law prohibits elk outside Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and so far attempts by ranchers and environmentalists to create an "elk cooperative" on the plains have come to naught.
Maverick rancher and part-time ranger John Heiser is a rare voice for conservation on the North Dakota plains.
The Great Plains ranchers who have long grazed the national grasslands face a growing push by the Forest Service to take over management and try to restore the prairie landscape.
Wyoming Sawmills is suing the Bighorn National Forest over its Historic Preservation Plan, which aims to preserve a Medicine Wheel that is sacred to Native Americans.
Outdated plumbing in Yellowstone National Park's tourist lodges is spilling sewage into the water, and the state of Wyoming has threatened to fine the Park Service unless it takes care of the problem.
Exotic lake trout are ravaging the threatened native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park.
Park officials in Yellowstone give rangers permission to shoot bison heading out of the park this winter.
Yellowstone Park officials sign a contract that formally opens the park's hot springs to "bioprospecting," allowing the San Diego company, Diversa Corp., to collect samples of hot-water microbes called thermophiles.
An elegy for Yellowstone's "geyser guy," Rick Hutchinson, profiles a geologist who loved the park so deeply that his friends still feel his spirit there.
A notorious drug smuggler's obsession with reclusiveness leads to his arrest - and his Wyoming ranch, which abounds with wildlife and fronts the Clark Fork, is now in public hands.
Local rancher Martin L. Thomas, known as a good steward of the land, is charged with opening fire on elk with an assault rifle, killing or crippling at least 10 animals.
The proposed widening and straightening of Highway 14-16-20, the link between Cody, Wyo., and Yellowstone National Park, raises tremendous controversy between tourism boosters and environmentalist critics.
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