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    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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    Private rights vs. public lands: Thousands of inholdings create conflicts inside federal lands

    A ranching family's desire to develop a road to an inholding in Arizona's Arrastra Mounain Wilderness is a microcosm of the huge and unwieldy problem of inholdings on public lands throughout the West.

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    Haggling over the Grand Staircase-Escalante

    Conoco gives up on oil well in Utah's Grand Staircase, but the state School Trust Lands board is insisting that its land - checkerboarded through the monument - must be managed to earn money for the schools, and that may involve oil and gas drilling.

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    Barbara Sutteer: Fees draw fire from two public-land users

    National Park Service staffer Barbara Sutteer, in her own words, discusses Indian feelings about user fees on public lands.

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    Guy Clark: Fees draw fire from two public-land users

    Colorado hunter Guy Clark, in his own words, discusses his opposition to user fees on the West's public lands.

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    Greens, as usual, are easy to bait

    Recreational user fees would do harm by introducing the profit motive to natural resource management.

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    It's time for the public to pay up

    User fees for Western recreationists on public lands are overdue and will create an incentive to protect these lands from exploitation.

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    Mountain bikers in Moab pay to ride

    The Moab area BLM started charging recreationists user fees several years ago, when mountain biking in Utah began to grow out of control.

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    Paying to play in the Sawtooths

    For the first time ever, it costs to hike in Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area, but many users are forgetting or refusing to pay the $2 a day fee.

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    No cheap thrills in the Grand Canyon

    River runners in Arizona's Grand Canyon feel unfairly singled out by increasing fees to float the Colorado River.

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    At Mount St. Helens fees go dangerously high

    Some say increased user fees at Washington's Mount St. Helens National Monument could lead to increased accidents as climbers hurry to save on fees.

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    The land is still public, but it's no longer free

    The federal government's new Recreational Fee Demonstration Program - which requires recreationists to "pay to play" in national parks, forests, BLM and Fish and Wildlife areas nationwide - receives both condemnation and kudos in its early trials.

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