March 3, 1997
The notorious self-censorship the hunting press showed when "Outdoor Life" pulled biologist Tom Beck's article critical of bear baiting leads to speculations by an outdoor writer on why hunters are so thin-skinned about criticism.
A close encounter between a tribal biologist, a self-described "tree-hugger" and a tentful of hard-drinking hunters leads to surprising communication as each side overcomes its stereotypes.
The popularity of Seeley Lake, Mont., for snowmobilers reveals a growing problem as the snowmobilers trespass with increasing enthusiasm in nearby wilderness areas like the Mission Mountains.
Conoco wants to drill one or two exploratory oil wells in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument before its leases expire in November.
A male gray wolf reintroduced into the Yellowstone area was found shot and dumped into Montana's Madison River.
Activists are protesting the state of California's plans to build a low-level nuclear dump in the desert's Ward Valley.
A Park Service decision to shoot introduced mountain goats that are endangering plants in the Olympic Mountains receives support from some environmental groups, although many problems remain.
A Navajo tepee blockade at Mobil Oil Corp. offices near Aneth, Utah, leads to concessions from the company, which activists say has long exploited the reservation without giving anything back to the tribe.
A federal judge in Idaho overturns the 1995 conviction of 12 activists charged with violating a road closure in the Cove-Mallard area.
Local rancher Martin L. Thomas, known as a good steward of the land, is charged with opening fire on elk with an assault rifle, killing or crippling at least 10 animals.
The Department of Energy is considering using Hanford's research nuclear reactor to produce tritium for nuclear weapons.
The University of Arizona's Desert Laboratory, a unique desert biological field station, faces the pressure of the city of Tucson's growth and the uncertain future of the land.
A review of Ted Williams' "The Insightful Sportsman" reveals a fiercely independent outdoor writer who is not afraid to upset his fellow hunters.
A review of "Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau" cites beautiful photographs by Jack Dykinga and intriguing text by Charles Bowden.
A General Accounting Office report shows the Forest Service is losing millions of dollars a year by undercharging the recreationists that use forest lands.
A Wilderness Society report shows that Western rural communities are not dependent on the extractive use of nearby public lands.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is distributing posters to ask the public to keep its eyes open for the fast-disappearing boreal toad.
PEER's report, "Tarnished Trophies," documents how safari hunters bring exotic and endangered animals into the U.S. as game trophies.
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- Daniel Smith on A door squeaks open for rural energy independence
- Jim Brandau on When poisoning is the solution
- Rick Beauheim on EPA says fracking could contaminate drinking water
- Charles Roberts on Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust