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  • How to draw a duck

    Biologist Betsy Whitehill is remembered for a vibrant, loving life that included teaching Alaskan schoolchildren how to draw ducks.

  • Return of the natives

    In Idaho, the Nez Perce have become the first tribe to oversee the statewide recovery of an endangered species, the gray wolf, an experience that is energizing the tribe's own political and spiritual recovery.

  • I am an Inuit warrior

    It's not easy being a person who lives in a high mountain ski town but hates snow and winter weather.

  • Interior view

    In an interview with HCN's publisher, Bruce Babbitt looks back on eight challenging and productive years as Secretary of Interior.

  • The power of love, and its opposite

    Activists should be worried because President George W. Bush is surrounded by people who scorn and disdain environmentalism.

  • A new plan frames the Sierra Nevada

    The Forest Service has released its final plan for 11 national forests in California's Sierra Nevada, but the timber industry is already planning to appeal the Sierra Framework.

  • Park photo contest comes with corporate baggage

    Watchdog groups are worried that a Park Service photo contest, organized and sponsored by Kodak, sets a bad precedent of corporate entanglement with national parks.

  • Legal woes for Legacy Parkway

    A coalition of environmentalists and smart-growth advocates, including Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, has filed lawsuits to stop construction of the Legacy Parkway along Utah's Wasatch Front near the Great Salt Lake.

  • Owl things considered

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated 4.6 billion acres in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah as critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl, but the Center for Biological Diversity says that is not enough and plans to sue.

  • Chinook tribe recognized

    At long last, the Bureau of Indian Affairs recognizes the existence of the Chinook Tribe.

  • Bombs make way for 'burbs

    Denver-area developers are eager to get their hands on the Front Range land preserved on the former Lowry Bombing Range.

  • Silence of the clams

    Scientists counting clams on the Colorado River Delta say the region has lost 95 percent of its biological richness since Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.

  • Anglers fish for solutions

    Anglers and biologists warn that cutthroat trout and bald eagles on the South Fork of the Snake River are threatened when the water is saved behind dams for summer irrigators.

  • Coyote killing continues

    The Colorado Wildlife Commission has approved a nine-year coyote-killing experiment in western Colorado.

  • Critics rail against expansion project

    Indians, ranchers and conservationists are fighting a plan by Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad to construct almost 300 miles of new track to haul coal in South Dakota and Wyoming.

  • The latest bounce

    User-fee protester faces prosecution; Utah state Sen. Terry Spencer proposes four bills to stop nuclear waste storage on Goshute Reservation; Hopi tribe may be allowed to take eaglets; electric cars encouraged in California.

  • Bush hits the brakes

    Right after taking office, Pres. Bush put a freeze on Clinton's last new regulations -- the USFS's roadless plan, Mexican owl critical habitat, and other environmental rules -- giving the new administration time to review and maybe overturn them.

  • New mining regs slip into rulebooks

    Bruce Babbitt strengthens BLM mining regulations, requiring bonds to cover cleanup costs, enforcing air and water standards, and giving the agency discretion to deny mining proposals that threaten habitat or scenic beauty.

  • Don Ewy is no timber beast

    Environmentalist, logger and HCN reader Don Ewy wonders who vandalized the bulldozer he used to selectively log trees in the North Fork State Forest in Colorado.

  • Mr. Babbitt's wild ride

    In eight years as Interior Secretary, Bruce Babbitt has known some failures but more successes: reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone, halting the New World gold mine, and creating many national monuments, starting with the Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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