August 2, 1999
Jon Marvel, Hailey, Idaho, architect, founded the Idaho Watersheds Project to target public-lands grazing, but his notoriously in-your-face, confrontational style has roused a lot of controversy along the way.
Colorado's congressional delegation calls for a get-tough policy toward real estate developer Tom Chapman after a billboard advertising lots for sale appears on the boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument.
Some members of the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico fear that plans to add a resort hotel and casino will bankrupt the tribe, especially since the tribe's existing casino is already in financial trouble.
A plan to avoid listing the westslope cutthroat trout as an endangered species would poison a stream to kill all its non-native fish; Cherry Creek runs across Ted Turner's Montana ranch, but opposition to it and Turner, who favors the plan, has arisen.
Idaho environmentalists dispute the Clearwater National Forest's claim to have fulfilled a pledge to set aside 10 percent of the forest in old-growth reserves.
Anonymous donor saves Loomis State Forest, Wash.; no sponsors in Congress for proposed Sonoran national park; John Leshy optimistic over 1872 Mining Law reform; Sen. Ben Campbell doubles timber sales in Colo.; Yellowstone dumps sewage in park meadow.
The Northern Plains Bison Education Network works to teach bison management to Native Americans at tribal colleges, in an attempt to pair economic development with traditional beliefs.
Almost 50 years after biologists dumped DDT on Yellowstone Park to kill the spruce budworm moth, traces of the pesticide remain in the ecosystem.
The explosion of a gasoline pipeline in Bellingham, Wash., which killed three people, leads the Olympic Pipe Line Co. to withdraw its plan to build the Cross Cascade Pipeline.
A reintroduced lynx dies on Vail Pass, and some say the fact that the animal traveled 200 miles to get there proves that the Vail area is prime lynx habitat.
Nine protesters are arrested for trying to block an access road in the White River National Forest in an attempt to halt the controversial expansion of the Vail Ski Area.
The BLM orders a two-year moratorium on a cyanide heap-leach gold mine planned by Glamis Imperial Corp. for land in California near Yuma, Ariz., that the Quechan Indians say is sacred.
Six ranches around Jordan, Mont., comprise the Montana Governor's Range Tour Sept. 8-9, highlighting successful ranch management techniques.
The Montana Legislature ratifies a water compact with the Crow Indian Tribe that favors consumptive users of the water at the expense of the Bighorn River itself, and of the world-class trout fishery in Bighorn Lake.
In his own words, Jon Marvel explains why he thinks his response to public-lands ranching is reasonable.
Emmett, Idaho, rancher Brad Little says that environmental activist Jon Marvel is abusing the system in his attempt to end all ranching, not just public-lands ranching.
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