February 4, 2002
Across the Interior West, as the sagebrush sea recedes under the environmental stress of human impacts, its emblematic bird, the sage grouse, is also in decline, and no one seems to know what to do about it.
Blackfeet tribal member and banker Elouise Cobell writes about her legal battle to make the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Interior Department accountable for millions of dollars missing from Indian trust funds.
Both environmental critics and Bush supporters complain that the Republican administration is neglecting, even ignoring, the West.
Utah's Skull Valley nuclear storage site; Wyoming Game & Fish bails on black-tailed prairie dog plan; lynx-hair fracas continues; Arizona wants to sell power to New Mexico; La Verkin, Utah, repeals anti-U.N. ordinance.
In Montana's Centennial Valley, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest is delaying a decision to manage as wilderness Mount Jefferson, an area increasingly popular with, and impacted by, snowmobiles.
The Colorado Wildlife Commission wants to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease by requiring all elk imports to be certified as disease-free for 60 months.
In Boundary Creek, Idaho, locals are at odds over the flooding of good farmland to create wetlands for the new Boundary Creek Wildlife Management Area.
In his new book, "This Sovereign Land," Daniel Kemmis argues that it is time for the national government to give local governments more power over public lands in the West.
- Carl Reese on Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
- Steve Snyder on The Endangered Species Act's biggest experiment
- Ray Ring on Montana farmers start talking climate change
- Wayne L Hare on Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington
- Tom McCall on Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought