High Country News 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.
The Republican Party controls the West because historically it has created and exploited the mythology of the Interior West to the party's advantage.
Research fund; fixing a glitch; September board meeting; visitors.
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.
Determined opponents protest a California fish and game department plan to poison Lake Davis to ride it of non-native northern pike.
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.
Locals form a group, Stehekin Alert, to protect remote Stehekin Valley, Wash., from development.
The Jehovah's Witnesses publication "Awake!" worries about wildlife.
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.
The federal government has a Web site at http://www.fedstats.gov.
The anthology "Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West" is a mosaic of seldom-heard voices from the High Plains.
Heard Around the West
Yellowstone's rickety sewer system; California is booming; creating salmon habitat with dump trucks; killing trees to save woodpeckers; usefulness of sheep; border collie in D.C.
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.
National Park Service staffer Barbara Sutteer, in her own words, discusses Indian feelings about user fees on public lands.