High Country News February 14, 2000
While cash-strapped land managers praise the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, some recreationists and activists rail against it, and others point out that the program isn't producing as much money as was hoped for.
Activist and inspiration Hazel Wolf dies at 101.
A hunter condemns "salt baiting" - using illegal salt pits to lure elk out of Yellowstone into the open, where trophy hunters easily ambush them.
HCN potluck and meeting in Las Vegas; HCN's budget; goodbyes and hellos.
The new Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota will teach visitors about the Cold War and its once-top secret weaponry.
U.S. admits exposing nuclear workers to radiation; Gloria Flora speaks in Kalispell, Mont.; Yellowstone Wolf No. 9 "retires" from pack; Air Force sued over low-level training flights; rancher's road permit in limbo in Arrastra Wilderness, Arizona.
John Mumma resigns as director of the Colorado Division of Wildlife as agency morale drops under a state government unsympathetic to wildlife.
In Washington state, TV commercials use Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," to inform voters about how candidates up for re-election have voted on green issues.
The Clinton administration proposes to amend the Northwest Forest Plan, for which comments are being accepted by March 3.
The National Commission on Small Farms released a report card grading the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's effort to help family farmers.
The Forest Service has extended the comment deadline for Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness management plan.
In "Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West," Chip Ward describes how his home of Grantsville, Utah, came to be one of the county's worst toxic dumping grounds.
In "Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture and Conflict in the Changing West," Timothy P. Duane discusses how growth has hit California's Sierra Nevada.
The 20-year-old quarterly "Women in Natural Resource" covers the changing role of women in the natural resource professions.
Jay W. Nicholas uses simple language and colorful watercolors to explain Oregon's salmon recovery plan in his book "Down to the Sea."
Heard Around the West
Post Office vs. Grand Canyon, gobbledygook in D.C.; Salt Lake keeps eye on movies, nose on smells; faux snow; cougar vs. dog; rabbits vs. Sheridan, Wyo.; roadkill for dinner; snowmobiler survival near Spokane.
A comparison of the different fees for recreational use in different national forests, national parks and recreation areas around the West.
Some social scientists and activists charge that user fees will have a disproportionate impact on working-class people and shut many of them out of the public lands.
Inyo National Forest Supervisor Jeff Bailey says that fee demo is not the full answer to the forest's many needs.
In his own words, Scott Silver of Wild Wilderness denounces the fee demo program.
Former Inyo wilderness ranger Gary Guenther says that recreation should be subsidized as the extractive industries have always been.
Chris Wood, senior policy advisor to Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck, discusses the pros and cons of fee demo.
Sun Valley, Idaho, resident Diana Fassino, is among the protesters who have gone to court over their refusal to pay recreation fees.