Magazine
The First Family of Western Conservation

October 11, 2004

Stewart Udall and his brother, Mo, were conservation icons in the 1950s and ‘60s, but their sons – Rep. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rep. Mark Udall of Colorado – face a harder fight in today’s Congress, where Democrats are the minority and conservation has become controversial. Also in this issue: The Bush administration’s new salmon plan treats dams as a natural part of the landscape, and sees a recovery plan as more important than actual species recovery.

Feature

The Coyote Caucus Takes the West to Washington
Stewart and Mo Udall were Western conservation giants. Now the West looks to their sons to bridge today’s social and political divides and create a conservation legacy of their own

Editor's Note

The conservation hall of fame is too small
The brothers Stewart and Mo Udall are two of the West’s conservation heroes, and their sons, Rep. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rep. Mark Udall of Colorado, have very large shoes to fill in their own work for the Western landscape

Essays

So much for sticking to the center
George W. Bush has refused to govern from the center, and with the Republicans in charge of the government, a mandate from the voters doesn’t matter
Hunting: It’s not about the gun
In the presidential election this fall, sportsmen are likely to be split between those who vote for wildlife, and those who vote for the gun

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Ed and Betsy Marston have a brand-new granddaughter, Maude Rose Marston Lehmann; HCN freelancer Matt Weiser wins a spot on Project Censored’s Top 25 Censored Stories of the year; Radio High Country News wins yet another award; visitors; clarifications and

News

Dams will stand, salmon be damned
The Bush administration’s new salmon plan treats dams as a natural part of the landscape, and sees a recovery plan as more important than actual species recovery
Follow-up
Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes now a national park; health screening program for former nuclear workers to expire; Forest Service didn’t break any laws with its Sierra Nevada PR campaign; rocket-burning begins at Oregon’s Umatilla Chemical Depot
Biotech companies engineer a ‘superweed’
A genetically engineered form of creeping bentgrass, designed to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup, could creep from the golf courses it’s intended for to nearby public lands
Wolves are welcome in one Western state
Oregon has developed a blueprint that will allow eight or more wolf packs to move in from neighboring Idaho
Citizens wary of their nuclear neighbor
Sandia National Laboratories wants to monitor the nuclear waste in a Cold War-era landfill just outside Albuquerque, rather than excavate it or try to move it elsewhere
Wolf pack wiped out for ‘surplus killing’
Although the Cook pack was destroyed by federal wildlife agents after the wolves killed 70 sheep north of McCall, Idaho, both environmentalists and the Fish and Wildlife Service say the wolf program is doing well
Trout wriggles into a sagebrush rebellion
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposal for bull trout critical habitat along Nevada’s Jarbidge River raises the stakes in the conflict over whether to rebuild an Elko County road
Racetrack
Arizona’s Proposition 200 would prevent noncitizens from voting, among other things; Utah’s Initiative 1 would spend money on open space and preservation; Ralph Nader will be on New Mexico’s ballot
State judges get political
In Western states where judges are elected, an increasing amount of special-interest group money is being spent on hotly contested state judge campaigns
Calendar

Book Reviews

University gets smart about food
The University of Montana’s Farm to College program works with farmers and ranchers to bring local food products into the university’s Dining Services
Wandering into wolf territory
In his book Vicious: Wolves and Men in America, Jon T. Coleman explores the history of how the wolf was slowly transformed from vermin to be cruelly slaughtered into a noble calendar pinup

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
"Wildlife trash media" making films about bears; don’t throw things at bears; no excuses for erratic drivers in Cortez, Colo.; Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler dies; Delta, Colo., firefighters say good-bye to old yellow truck; and International Truck

Letters

Related Stories

The Udall bloodline is consistent
Mo Udall’s six children, and Stewart Udall’s six – not to mention many of their cousins – have tended to find work in some form of public service
Udall patriarch laments startling changes
Stewart Udall talks about his years as Interior secretary, and criticizes the Bush administration’s environmental policy