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High Country News December 28, 1992

Audubon's 'ranch' ungrazed, but used

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Audubon's 'ranch' ungrazed, but used

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.

News

Idaho may go to court to save salmon

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.

WIPP takes one giant step forward

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.

BLM may adopt grazing incentive plan

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' play host to bombers, cattle and jetskiers

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.

Perspective

Forest Service is trying to turn over a new leaf, but critics have doubts

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.

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