March 18, 2002
The author remembers his early days in a small Colorado mountain town, and ponders the economic and social changes that have slowly turned "Mendicant Mountain" into a bustling, expensive ski resort.
The Forest Service proposes an experimental program that would create "charter forests" to be administered outside the normal agency structure.
Eric Schaeffer resigns from EPA in protest; BLM withdraws approval of Nevada kitty-litter mine; Colorado lynx may not be reproducing; judge says Klamath Tribe has oldest water rights; timber companies want protection of northern spotted owl reconsidered.
The Santa Fe Watershed Partners Group is working with the Santa Fe National Forest to find an environmentally sensible way to thin and burn a New Mexico forest that has become a fire hazard.
Martha Hahn is forced out of her job as Idaho state director of the BLM, largely because she backed grazing cutbacks in the Owyhee Mountains.
After the enthusiastic boosterism that surrounded alternative livestock in the 1980s, emu, ostrich, elk and bison producers have seen the market - and their incomes - plummet.
The few remaining ranchers in Pitkin County, Colo., feel that a rezoning plan intended to concentrate Aspen's growth will end up harming them.
Char Miller's new biography, "Gifford Pinchot and the Foundation of Modern Environmentalism," reveals the self-serving careerist who founded the Forest Service and used his political skills to protect the environment.