High Country News August 16, 1999
After a century of poisoning and shooting the black-tailed prairie dog at will, ranchers are up in arms over the push by conservationists to have the animal listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
HCN's new Web page; summer visitors; a no-no on names; books and more books; George Ochenski correction; MANAS.
On La Framboise Island in Pierre, S.D., Sioux Indian activists have been protesting since March against the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to return most of Missouri River bottomland it once managed to the state, rather than giving all back to 7 tribes.
Burlington Northern to pay for toxic dumping; vandalism of Escalante enviro homes; Vail ski resort road crosses protected wetlands; Telluride ski area expansion; strontium 90 found by chinook spawning area at Hanford; Sen. Orrin Hatch runs for president.
Federal Judge William Dwyer has blocked nine major timber sales, saying that the Forest Service and the BLM have failed to protect rare animal and plant species in old-growth forest, as required under the Northwest Forest Plan.
California's Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge has been managed to benefit agriculture, not wildlife, critics say, but if water is given to the wetlands before it goes to irrigation, that could change.
The working majority in Congress enforces or ignores Rule 16 as it pleases - the rule that prevents policy-making amendments being added to appropriations bills.
The remaining 54,000 acres of Colorado's Taylor Ranch - called La Sierra by the Hispanic locals - have been sold to Western Properties Investors, and no one is sure what the fate of the land will be.
The Utah Wilderness Coalition has reinventoried BLM lands for a proposed wilderness bill that would protect 9.1 million acres, and the beautiful paperbound book "America's Redrock Wilderness" showcases some of those lands.
The 6 billionth human may have already been born, and the U.N. recommends two Web sites that deal with overpopulation, one from the National Wildlife Federation and the other from the Audubon Society.
More than 1,000 Native Americans met at Mount Taylor in New Mexico to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
The 1999 Waterton-Glacier International Writers Workshop takes place Sept. 16-18 in Alberta, Canada.
A beautifully illustrated book about Native American micaceous pots is reviewed.
A summit is planned for Sept. 24 and 25 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colo.
A new report, "Incentives for Conserving Open Lands in Greater Yellowstone," offers suggestions for farmers and ranchers to make land pay without selling out to developers.
The Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition has produced a new report, "Returning Salmon by Restoring Rivers: The Case for Partially Removing Four Dams on the Lower Snake River."
"The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey" pairs a diary by Ed Abbey with photos by John Blaustein to document a river journey down the Grand Canyon.
A beaver conference will be held Sept. 7-9 in Estes Park, Colo., sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, Wildlife 2000 and Rocky Mountain National Park.
A workshop for foresters and woodlot owners is offered at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, Sept. 20-21.
The Arizona Hydrological Society will hold a symposium Sept. 8-11 in the White Mountains.
American Wildlands has produced a brochure to explain what exchanges are in the works.
The 50th anniversary of "A Sand County Almanac: by Leopold will be held Oct. 4-7 in Madison, Wis.
Watching as members of the Aryan Nations parade down a Coeur d'Alene street, the writer worries that, in northern Idaho, the distance between Nazi and native is not a comfortable one.
Heard Around the West
Endangered plane in UT; Mysterious captions and news items; rotting apples in George, Wash.; hog manure in Wheatland, Wyo.; bombs on Gold Dust Peak in Colo.; signs of the times; AZ gov. vs. owls; Margaret Mead and Nazis; Air Force reassigns Ryan Berry.
Facts about prairie dogs
Connecticut resident Rebecca Fischer organized Prairie Dog Rescue to deal with the many prairie dogs adopted as pets on the East Coast and later unwanted by their owners.
Wildlife biologist Craig Knowles - the point man for prairie dog conservation in Montana - doesn't think the animal needs to be listed as threatened.
Prairie dog shooting is a profitable sport that many conservationists would like to see banned, or at least controlled, on public lands.
On Wyoming's Thunder Basin National Grassland, prairie dogs thrive along with a host of other wildlife.
For a century, ranchers have believed that prairie dogs compete with cattle for grass - a notion contemporary biologists are debunking.