High Country News September 29, 1997
The Quincy Library Group's controversial forest plan comes out of a long struggle for consensus, and many environmentalists worry that the plan and its passage into law will set a dangerous precedent.
The gardener's payoff; new fall interns Jason "Andy" Lenderman and Sara Phillips; late-summer visitors; T.A. Barron receives Wilderness Society award; farewell, Paria Skip (Rodney Schipper).
A columnist takes a critical look behind the hoopla surrounding the Quincy Library Group at what has really been accomplished.
Three self-described environmentalists anger residents of Springdale, Utah, when they decide to develop the nearby Rockville Bench area rather than preserve it.
Animal Damage Control changes name to Wildlife Services; Richard Riordan; Jeff DeBonis leaves PEER, Jeff Ruch takes his place; People For the West and grizzlies; Zakkare Garrett.
Yellowstone Park officials sign a contract that formally opens the park's hot springs to "bioprospecting," allowing the San Diego company, Diversa Corp., to collect samples of hot-water microbes called thermophiles.
Park officials and environmentalists protest a proposed landfill at Eagle Mountain, Calif., right next to Joshua Tree National Park.
The town of Tortolita, Ariz., in the middle of lush, privately owned Sonoran desert, incorporates to protect its landscape from developers.
The BLM gives Conoco Inc. permission to drill for oil in southern Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The Oregon Supreme Court upholds the state's right to enforce strict rules against the non-agricultural development of high-value farmland.
Forest Service officials admit that 10,000 acres of supposedly "dead" trees offered for salvage logging on Idaho's Payette National Forest weren't dead after all.
Vandals destroy computer disks containing Indian language archives in Oregon's Warm Springs Indian Reservation, but with help from many volunteers much of the irreplaceable material is retrieved.
What was supposed to be a pioneering clean-up by a private company of radioactive waste at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory bogs down amid cost overruns and failed deadlines.
The Government Accounting Office issues a report saying the Forest Service costs taxpayers millions of dollars by its inability to make timely decisions and its "indifference toward accountability."
The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides celebrates 20 years of activism with an anniversary conference.
Eleven California condors released earlier in northern Arizona can be seen cruising the skies now over Grand Canyon and as far away as Moab, Utah.
A revised edition of "Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation" shows how local action can stave off urbanization.
The Tucson Electric Power Company opens eight free charge-up stations in Tucson for electric cars.
The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee is getting together Oct. 7 and 8 in Jackson, Wyo., to discuss air quality.
Call to the Desert is a conference that will cover "hot" topics at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Oct. 10-13.
Western Colorado Congress holds its 17th annual meeting in Grand Junction, Colo., on Oct. 11.
Colorado Riparian Association's Oct. 14-16 conference will be held in Montrose, Colo., "Managing Colorado Watersheds for Riparian and Wetland Values."
The National Recreation and Access Summit "97 will be held in Boulder, Colo., Nov. 7-8.
The third annual conference of the Glen Canyon Institute is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 8-9.
Heard Around the West
Welcome, hunters; Steve Howke's wedding; cow-chip bingo; cows not home on range; ravens collect golf balls.
In his own words, Undersecretary of Agriculture Jim Lyons discusses the Quincy Library Group and its larger meaning for the country as a whole.
In her own words, Rose Comstock of California Women in Timber discusses how she overcame her reservations to try to work with the Quincy Library Group.
In her own words, environmentalist Erin Noel discusses her negative experience with the Quincy Library Group.
In her own words, environmentalist Terry Terhaar discusses her positive experience with the Quincy Library Group.
In his own words, environmental attorney and Quincy Library Group member Michael Jackson discusses the group.