High Country News December 28, 1992
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It's hard to find prime grassland where you don't see signs of grazing. This is what makes the National Audubon Society's Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch near Elgin, Ariz., so valuable.
The battle to save the endangered Snake River salmon from extinction heated up this month, as Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus threatened to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies responsible for salmon recovery plans.
A bitter, five-year congressional fight over the world's first engineered nuclear waste dump has been settled in time-honored fashion: in the back room.
Prodded by stinging internal audits" and the likelihood that Congress will pass a sweeping reform bill in 1993, Bureau of Land Management officials are pushing a new grazing fee policy they hope will resolve the controversy over use of public lands by livestock.
Wildlife refuges have never been just for wildlife. The 90 million-acre national wildlife refuge system also hosts military maneuvers, cattle, hunters, boaters and other "secondary" users.
The U.S. Forest Service believes there is a clear patch of land in Montana that affords a clear view of the future's enlightened forestry. The problem is, the agency's own past sometimes sullies the view.