Magazine
Can Bruce Babbitt make Interior hum?

January 25, 1993

Bruce Babbitt will manage a fragmented and dysfunctional Department of the Interior.

Feature

Babbitt's domain: 1.9 billion acres
Several Interior Department agencies are profiled, including the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the BLM, the Bureau of Reclamation and many others.
Can Bruce Babbitt make Interior hum?
Bruce Babbitt will manage a fragmented and dysfunctional Department of the Interior.
Conspiracy destroyed a Vision for Yellowstone
A Bush administration conspiracy destroys a plan for environmental protection in Yellowstone and costs a Park Service official her job.
Babbitt wins Interior, by a hair
Babbitt wins as Secretary of the Interior by a narrow margin.
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News

Critics say agency is eating its young
Transfers among Forest Service employees from several Idaho national forests are political, employees say.
Colorado mining industry strikes again
According to th EPA, bonds from the Summitville Consolidated Mining Co. don't cover hazardous waste cleanup costs.
How many bears?
A Colorado Division of Wildlife study will count black bears on Black Mesa.
Storms sweep West
The National Weather Service reports that precipitation is above normal in Utah and Arizona.
Hikers are fenced out of wilderness
A housing development blocks access to Arizona's Coronado National Forest.
Washington rancher spurns subdividers
A rancher decides to preserve land by selling it to the Bureau of Land Management rather than selling out to developers.
Wyomingites shoot to kill M-44s
An Animal Damage Control plan to use M-44s to poison animals is under fire in Wyoming.
Action in Idaho
Four species of Snake River snails and a limpets are now under Endangered Species Act Protection.
FAA limits canyon flights, yet again
The FAA agrees to strictly enforce flight-free zones over the Grand Canyon.
Justice in Nevada
The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 helps nab a pot hunter.
Nuclear power gets gassed
The Washington Public Power Supply System is too expensive, says the Bonneville Power Administration.

Book Reviews

A tracker's guide
A review of "Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Track and Sign', by Paul Rezendes.
Nevada's water future
Public forums discussing the seven year drought will be hosted by the Nevada Water Resources Association.
Avalanche alert
Silverton will host another avalanche training course.
Forest watchdogs in Montana
The forest-watchdog group, Gold Creek Resources Protection Association, wins its first battle in a timber fight against the Burnt Bridge Timber Sale.
Mutual aid
'Making A Change: A Student Guide to Social Change Internships in the Northern Rockies', describes internships in the west.
Queen salmon tours Northwest
A theater troupe will perform "biologically explicit' musical comedy.
Seeds of change
The book "Seeds of Change' examines massive agricultural changes arising from contact between the continents.
Western visions
Conference on environment, land use and alternative economic strategies planned in Boulder.
Wolves in Idaho
The Fish and Wildlife Service is slow to confirm wolf sightings, which could affect wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone.

Related Stories

The new Secretary of the Interior - Bruce Babbitt
Introduction to : Babbitt in his own words
Interference in environmental programs by political appointees
Excerpts from the House subcommittee staff report reveal details of of Lorraine Mintzmyer's transfer and changes to Yellowstone's "Vision' document.
Babbitt in his words
Babbitt speaks out on multiple use policy, the BLM and western water policy.
Big changes are coming to Interior, Udall says
The former Secretary of the Interior, Stewart Udall, speculates on Babbitt's effect on the agency.
Senior BLMer recalls how James Watt did things
Senior BLM director, Bob Moore, gives his opinion on appointees and career people.