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  • Forest Service gives climbers the slip

    Rock climbers are fuming at the Forest Service's decision to all but outlaw climbing at caves near Bend, Ore., that are sacred to local tribes and also home to dwindling numbers of bats.

  • Wheels still spin after desert lockdown

    Road closures to protect endangered Sonoran pronghorn in Ariz.'s Cabeza Prieta Nat'l Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument will keep the public out, but may not stem the tide of drug smugglers, illegal immigrants and Border Patrol agents.

  • Braking development in the Breaks

    Environmentalists are fighting to stop energy development in Montana's Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

  • A new world in the woods

    In many Western communities, forest workers are quietly converting their skills from industrial logging to forest restoration.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Nuclear power plant may be built in Idaho; Bruce Babbitt to head international division of Cadiz Inc.; Bonneville Power Administration says salmon will get water this summer; Hanford Nuclear Reservation; CO Rep. Scott McInnis wants single "fire czar."

  • Drought pinches Colorado River reservoirs

    A serious drought in the Colorado River watershed has California and Arizona wondering where the water will come from.

  • A dusty lake is plumbed halfway back to life

    In an attempt to stem particulate air pollution caused by dust from California's dry Owens Lake, water is being returned to the lake bed for the first time in 90 years.

  • Zoning code may squeeze Aspen ranchers

    The few remaining ranchers in Pitkin County, Colo., feel that a rezoning plan intended to concentrate Aspen's growth will end up harming them.

  • Alternative livestock searches for a niche

    After the enthusiastic boosterism that surrounded alternative livestock in the 1980s, emu, ostrich, elk and bison producers have seen the market - and their incomes - plummet.

  • BLM director forced to resign

    Martha Hahn is forced out of her job as Idaho state director of the BLM, largely because she backed grazing cutbacks in the Owyhee Mountains.

  • Collaboration may prevent conflagration in Santa Fe

    The Santa Fe Watershed Partners Group is working with the Santa Fe National Forest to find an environmentally sensible way to thin and burn a New Mexico forest that has become a fire hazard.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Eric Schaeffer resigns from EPA in protest; BLM withdraws approval of Nevada kitty-litter mine; Colorado lynx may not be reproducing; judge says Klamath Tribe has oldest water rights; timber companies want protection of northern spotted owl reconsidered.

  • Can 'charter forests' remake an agency?

    The Forest Service proposes an experimental program that would create "charter forests" to be administered outside the normal agency structure.

  • Who's bringing home the bacon?

    The Environmental Working Group has put together a Web site that lists the amounts of federal subsidies farmers have received since the 1996 Farm Bill was passed.

  • Montana revved up about snowmobile agreement

    Snowmobilers and wilderness advocates come to an agreement on motorized access in Montana's Flathead National Forest.

  • Colorado oil shale gets a second look

    Royal Dutch/Shell wants to take another crack at producing petroleum from oil shale in northwestern Colorado's Piceance Basin, but local towns such as Parachute are wary, remembering the last energy boom and bust in the region.

  • Lawsuit is for the dogs

    The Montana Shooting Sports Association is fighting a BLM ban on prairie dog hunting intended to save habitat for the endangered blackfooted ferret.

  • Development threatens historic town

    Critics say that Washington's Growth Management Act failed to do its job in protecting small towns like Roslyn, which will soon see its population quintupled by the development of the MountainStar Resort.

  • Bull trout get some help

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to designate critical habitat for the threatened bull trout.

  • EPA wants to supersize Idaho Superfund site

    State and federal officials fight over how to clean up Idaho's Silver Valley, where mining pollution has spread past the Bunker Hill Superfund Site into Lake Coeur d'Alene and a huge swath of northern Idaho.

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