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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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    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.

  • Book Reviews

    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.

  • Book Reviews

    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.

  • Book Reviews

    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.

  • Book Reviews

    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.

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    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.

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