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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.

  • News

    What's underneath the Staircase?

    Conoco begins drilling for oil on state school-trust lands located inside Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

  • News

    BLM gives trespassing farmers a break

    Mike Austin of the BLM's Twin Falls, Idaho, office, says he is being reassigned as punishment for blowing the whistle on his boss's personal business deal with a farmer cited for plowing up public land.

  • News

    Babbitt brings in new brass

    President Clinton and Interior Secretary Babbitt remake the Interior Dept., appointing Patrick Shea to head BLM; Jamie Rappaport Clark to head Fish & Wildlife; Kathy Karpan to the Office of Surface Mining, and Robert Stanton to direct the Park Service.

  • Book Reviews

    How the West was destroyed

    "The Lochsa Story: Land Ethics in the Bitterroot Mountains" by Bud Moore is reviewed.

  • Book Reviews

    A negligent bureau?

    Public Employees for Environmental Responsbility's report, "Comprehensive Study of the Public Domain Forestry Program of the Bureau of Land Management," excoriates the BLM.

  • News

    Utah Paiutes put the brakes on chaining

    Utah Paiutes join environmentalists in protesting the BLM's "chaining" of tree stumps to clear land in central Utah after fires.

  • News

    BLM ditches law-enforcement rules

    Following complaints, the BLM withdraws new "plain English" regulations on the agency's law-enforcement authority.

  • News

    BLM ditches law-enforcement rules

    Following complaints, the BLM withdraws new "plain English" regulations on the agency's law-enforcement authority.

  • News

    BLM braces for Mormon pioneers

    The BLM is bracing itself for the expected arrival of a million visitors who plan to visit Wyoming's portion of the 150-year-old Mormon Pioneer Trail this spring and summer.

  • Book Reviews

    Uproar over Owyhee

    The BLM's management plan for Idaho's Owyhee Resource Area raises fierce opposition from ranchers and ORV enthusiasts.

  • News

    Drug smuggler's ranch falls into public lands

    A notorious drug smuggler's obsession with reclusiveness leads to his arrest - and his Wyoming ranch, which abounds with wildlife and fronts the Clark Fork, is now in public hands.

  • News

    Jobs open up in Washington

    Sylvia Baca becomes temporary head of the BLM as Mike Dombeck moves to the Forest Service, and the National Park Service seeks a replacement for Roger Kennedy.

  • News

    The report is readable - and grim

    The Interior Columbia Basin Management Project has produced a useful but depressing science document, "Status of the Interior Columbia Basin."

  • News

    Columbia Basin plan staggers home

    The Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project - a pioneer attempt to adopt a strategy for 75 million acres of public land in the Northwest - has so far achieved little but its own survival in the face of Republican attacks.

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