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    The ranch restored: An overworked land comes back to life

    In an often bumpy process, the Trout Creek Mountain Working Group tries to bring together environmentalists, ranchers and BLM staffers to find a way to restore the badly overgrazed landscape of southeastern Oregon.

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    Fun-hogs to replace cows in a Utah monument

    On Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a conservation deal will move cattle out of the canyons most popular with hikers and boats, especially along the Escalante River.

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    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Volunteers are needed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from trail crew workers to campground hosts.

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    Agencies seek quieter public meetings

    At public hearings on BLM's draft management plan for Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument, the agency has introduced new "town meeting" format which limits comments to written rather than spoken - a change activists deem a blow to democracy.

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    Land Trusts

    A census conducted by the Land Trust Alliance, based in Washington, D.C., reveals a rise in the number of land trusts in the Rocky Mountain West.

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    Trading away the West

    A series of newspaper articles from the Seattle Times scrutinizes recent land trades in the West.

  • Book Reviews

    More than pretty parks

    "Beyond the National Parks," edited by Mary Tisdale and Bibi Booth, is a guide to BLM public lands in the West.

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    We can take it

    Veterans of the 1930s' Civilian Conservation Corps hold reunions this summer.

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    Fees please visitors

    Land-management agencies say that the new user fees on public land are an "unqualified success" supported by the visitors who are paying them.

  • News

    To burn or not to burn

    The Burning Man arts festival has asked the BLM for permission for another desert arts gathering to be held Labor Day in the Nevada desert.

  • Feature

    Oil clashes with elk in the Book Cliffs

    Utah's remote and little known Book Cliffs area seemed ripe for preservation under an innovative, locally grown initiative - until oilman Oscar Wyatt stepped in to challenge it.

  • Book Reviews

    Colorado BLM going wild?

    The BLM announces that an additional 167,000 acres of western Colorado's roadless public lands are eligible for wilderness status.

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    Counties want to develop public land

    In Washington's Skamania County, pressure is building to get public lands in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area back into private hands.

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    Managing scenery, wildlife and humans

    Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area has long seen trouble between the Forest Service and private inholders, and manager Paul Ries is on the hot seat for trying to protect the area.

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    On the offensive: developer Tom Chapman

    Developer Thomas E. Chapman has earned notoriety - and a lot of money - buying, selling and trading wilderness inholdings in Colorado.

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