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    Free range

    The Bureau of Land Management exempts grazing permit renewals and other activities from environmental oversight.

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    Red Mountain miracle

    In southern Colorado, conservation groups find a way to save 9,000 high-altitude acres from second-home development.

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    A dustup over weed control

    Some environmentalists are unhappy about the BLM’s plans to spray herbicides for weed control, but many public-land managers say it’s the only way to tackle the invasion of flammable weeds.

  • Writers on the Range

    Why bad people do good things for our public lands

    Rob Pudim is a basically selfish guy who also works very hard as a volunteer on the public lands.

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    Scientists and the city

    Scientists working in the relatively new field of urban ecology study cities like Phoenix, seeking to gain knowledge that will help all cities as the West gets warmer

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    From weapons to wildlife

    A former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado is the latest addition to the nation’s wildlife refuge system.

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    A dustup over weed control

    The BLM’s plans to spray nearly a million acres with herbicides have some environmentalists fuming, but biologists and land managers welcome the policy.

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    Fear in the Valley

    Following a high-profile raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, undocumented farmworkers in Colorado’s San Luis Valley live in fear

  • Writers on the Range

    When mud-boggers rip up the land, penalize them

    Mike Beagle urges public-land agencies to ticket land-wrecking off-road riders.

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    Advice from a horse

    An HCN intern goes for a backcountry horse ride, and learns that while sharing trails can be a challenge, the payoff is worth it.

  • Writers on the Range

    A hope for Father’s Day from a divorced father

    Harold Shepherd, a divorced father, works hard to maintain a loving, outdoors-oriented relationship with his children.

  • Book Reviews

    Western open space: Land of intrinsic worth

    In the anthology Home Land: Ranching and a West That Works, a wide variety of authors argue that ranching is much more than an outmoded “lifestyle.”

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    Tribal victory

    In Washington state, the Yakama Tribe purchases its traditional fishing grounds at Lyle Point on the Columbia River

  • Writers on the Range

    Bring on the immigrants

    Pete Letheby says the vanishing towns of the Great Plains and Midwest ought to open a welcoming door for immigrants.

  • Writers on the Range

    Fees have become a public-lands shakedown

    Ted Williams says charging fees to use public lands is worse than extortion.

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