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High Country News January 17, 2000




Recreationists of every kind have long used Colorado's White River National Forest as a playground, and the Forest Service's proposed new plan, which would limit some activities in an attempt to help the forest, is being met with a lot of anger.

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Y2K, why bother? HCN board meeting and potluck in Las Vegas; new interns Catherine Lutz and Robyn Morrison.


Chainsaws fall silent in Cove-Mallard

Protests and chainsaws in Idaho's controversial roadless Cove-Mallard area have both stopped since new Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor Bruce Bernhardt announced that six unsold timber sales planned for the area would remain unsold.

The Wayward West

Earth Liberation Front fire destroys Boise Cascade headquarters in Oregon; Great Basin Nat'l Park now cattle-free; treesitter Julia "Butterfly" Hill comes down; BP Amoco plans coal-bed gas wells in La Plata County, CO; mining in Siskiyou Nat'l Forest.

Experiment takes the cut out of logging

As traditional logging declines on Montana's Flathead National Forest, the Flathead forestry project experiments with a new form of logging that rewards the loggers for restoring sick forests through environmentally conscious work.

A dredging dilemma

Environmentalists, scientists, Indian tribes and other locals are appalled by the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to dredge the Columbia River so bigger strips can move between the Columbia River Estuary and Portland.

A spick-and-span plan

The state of Oregon has ordered Portland to reduce sewage overflow into the Willamette River by 94 percent by 2011, but City Commissioner Dan Saltzman says the pollution problem is more complex than that.

The swift fox comes home

The Blackfeet Indian Tribe has released 30 captive bred swift foxes onto the reservation in Montana.

More drains for pothole country?

The Natural Resource Conservation Service wants to identify South Dakota wetlands by a September fly-over, but environmentalists say the timing of the survey will leave out wetlands not visible from the air at that dry time of year.

Nuns get a windfall

In Richardton, N.D., the nuns of Sacred Heart Monastery have installed two 100-ft. windmills.

Does Web site turn ranchers into targets?

New West Research, an animal-rights group, is posting on its Web site the names, locations and phone numbers of ranchers helped by government predator control; critics warn this could turn those ranchers into targets.

Book Reviews

Fund remembers student of science

The Matt Clow Endowment, created by Clow's parents in memory of their son, will support the fisheries research of a Montana State University graduate student.

Western Forest Activists Conference

Headwaters' ninth annual conference will be held in Ashland, Ore., Feb. 3-6.

Sierra Nevada Aquatic and Riparian Science Workshop

The Forest Service hosts this workshop at Fresno State University, Feb. 11-12.

Winter Fishtrap: Living and Writing on the Edge

A weekend of discussion, readings and recreation takes place in Wallowa Lake, Ore., Feb. 25-27.

Silverton Avalanche School

Two levels of training are available at the Silverton Avalanche School.

Family Farm Alliance

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., is featured speaker on agriculture at the annual conference of the Family Farm Alliance, Feb. 28-29.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Vandals cut down lone tree near Connell, WA; Tom Rodal advertises for wife; wolves eat dogs in Fairbanks, AK; SLC second place in eating Jello; hippies vs. ew bikers in Jerome, AZ; Westword's weird events; Kootenai Co., ID approves nudist resort.

Related Stories

In their own words

Recreationists, environmentalists, politicians and agency employees are among those offering comments on the White River National Forest's proposed new plan.

'They're not good stewards of the land'

Jim Gonzalez, a hunter who loves roadless areas, says that the White River National Forest caves into ski areas and other special interests.

'Managing for biodiversity is a mistake'

Guidebook writer Lou Dawson says that the White River Forest should be managed for people and their use.

The White River National Forest

The White River National Forest stretches most of the way across Colorado from the Continental Divide to the Western Slope.

Take your pick of forest plans

The six remaining White River forest plan alternatives are briefly described.

Turning the road builders around

On Colorado's White River National Forest, Assistant District Ranger Bill Johnson, a former sawmill worker, is responsible for roads and road removal, a subject at the heart of disputes on the forest. Also, Tony Vangalis, in his own words.

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