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    'The more protection ... the better'

    In his own words, Bill Marlett of the Oregon Natural Desert Association says that Steens Mountain needs all the protection it can get.

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    'I see lawsuits as a last resort'

    In her own words, Sierra Club volunteer Jill Workman says that grazing need not be banned on Steens Mountain.

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    'Environmentalists will win'

    In his own words, environmentalist lawyer Andy Kerr argues for an end to grazing on Steens Mountain.

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    Go tell it on the mountain

    While Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt considers greater protection for Oregon's Steens Mountain, local ranchers and environmentalists argue over whether the land should become a cow-free national monument or a conservation area that would allow grazing.

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    Another wilderness developer pops up

    Developer Jim Sievers wants to build an exclusive wilderness playground on the inholding he owns in the middle of Montana's Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness.

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    Battered borderlands

    As the number of illegal immigrants crossing the Sonoran Desert into Arizona rises, the Border Patrol is faced with the need to protect a fragile environment at the same time that it polices the border.

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    Agency cheerleader

    In his own words, BLM Manager John Singlaub talks about how to save Walker Lake by building partnerships with grassroots organizations like the Walker Lake Working Group.

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    Wilderness developer Tom Chapman is back

    Notorious developer Tom Chapman is circulating a glossy brochure for the mansions he says he plans to build on former mining claims in Colorado's Holy Cross Wilderness.

  • Book Reviews

    Trail-crew volunteers

    The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative is looking for trail-crew volunteers for weekends on Mount Harvard and Mount Bierstadt in Colorado.

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    Court nixes land exchange

    In Washington, a federal appeals court has ruled that the controversial Huckleberry Mountain land exchange needs more study.

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    The new voice at BLM

    Dallas lawyer Thomas A. Fry III is appointed acting director of BLM.

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    Tree lovers are willing to pay

    An environmental group is raising money to buy and preserve the Loomis State Forest in northern Washington state.

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    Land deal links desert parks

    A California land trust will help put 500,000 acres of land linking Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve into public ownership.

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    A muckraker throws a well-aimed wrench

    Public-lands watchdog John Jolley's opposition to a controversial land swap involving Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains didn't halt the deal, but it did change the way land swaps are now handled in the state.

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    Wheeling and dealing

    Land swaps, in which the Forest Service and BLM trade odd parcels of public land for ecologically valuable private land, have a long history in the West, but some say the trades too often profit land spectators at the expense of the public and the land.

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