October 13, 1997
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.
User fees for Western recreationists on public lands are overdue and will create an incentive to protect these lands from exploitation.
Recreational user fees would do harm by introducing the profit motive to natural resource management.
For the first time ever, it costs to hike in Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area, but many users are forgetting or refusing to pay the $2 a day fee.
The Moab area BLM started charging recreationists user fees several years ago, when mountain biking in Utah began to grow out of control.
Lewis and Clark National Forest Supervisor Gloria Flora decides against allowing oil and gas leasing in Montana's Rocky Mountain Front.
Lewis and Clark National Forest Supervisor Gloria Flora discusses making the decision to protect Montana's Rocky Mountain Front from oil and gas drilling.
Margaret Reeb agrees; Sen. Dan Young gets monument documents; Eugene, Ore., Mayor Jim Torrey gets barfed on; Charles Hurwitz gets pie in face; Reed Benson to direct WaterWatch.
Navajo traditional healers are at a loss to halt the problem of charlatans claiming to be the medicine men on the reservation.
Western painted turtles are dying on a dangerous stretch of Montana's Route 93 through Mission Valley.
The Sierra Club's endorsement of draining Lake Powell spurs controversy about dam deconstruction as well as the club's decision-making policy and whether it was violated.
River outfitters protest the Forest Service's policy of periodically closing Idaho's Salmon River to floaters to protect endangered salmon.
The Montana-based Native Forest Network tours the West to educate people about threatened roadless areas in the Northern Rockies.
The anthology "Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West: A Tribute" salutes coyotes, tarantulas, snakes and other uncharismatic creatures.
Robert Leo Heilman's "Overstory: Zero; Real Life in Timber Country" portrays life in a logging community.
A report from the Oregon State University's Department of Fisheries says salmon and river restoration needs to focus on entire watersheds to succeed.
Forest fragmentation in the Central Rocky Mountains is the theme of a two-day conference at Colorado State University Nov. 12-13.
Environmental, Economic and Legal Issues Related to Rangeland Water Developments is a conference scheduled Nov. 13-15 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Some say increased user fees at Washington's Mount St. Helens National Monument could lead to increased accidents as climbers hurry to save on fees.
River runners in Arizona's Grand Canyon feel unfairly singled out by increasing fees to float the Colorado River.
Colorado hunter Guy Clark, in his own words, discusses his opposition to user fees on the West's public lands.
- John Worlock on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point
- Todd Vogel/Iversen on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point
- Daniel Metzger on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point
- Kelly Cooper on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point
- Charles Finn on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point