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  • Last dance for the sage grouse?

    Across the Interior West, as the sagebrush sea recedes under the environmental stress of human impacts, its emblematic bird, the sage grouse, is also in decline, and no one seems to know what to do about it.

  • A sense of wonder needs no name

    Wild creatures are wonderful to encounter, even when they aren't the rare and spectacular species we long to see.

  • The American West is an island besieged

    An encounter with an almost-extinct Hawaiian bird leads the writer to wonder whether the West's own wildlife and cultures can survive, or whether the region is fated to become a museum instead of a living landscape.

  • Wheeling and dealing

    Utah environmentalists fear a secret deal between the BLM and the governor's office will give counties control over dirt roads and trails and prevent the designation of future wilderness.

  • Boy Scouts want new digs

    Local residents and environmentalists object to a planned Boy Scout camp on the Fryingpan River in the White River National Forest near Aspen, Colorado.

  • Greens bail on 'bilers

    Two environmentalists leave the collaborative group working on a winter-use plan for Wyoming's Snowy Range after the group refuses to address the impact of snowmobiles on ptarmigan habitat.

  • Cat trouble dogs Flagstaff

    Mountain lion advocates protest the Arizona Game and Fish Department's decision to kill two lions that had followed hikers and threatened dogs on the edge of Flagstaff.

  • The Steens Riviera?

    Environmentalists fear the Cooperative Management Act won't protect Oregon's Steens Mountain from development, unless Congress comes through with enough money to buy up private land.

  • Recreation-fee foes catch an agency fumble

    The Forest Service has been illegally collecting recreation fees at thousands of sites in the West, instead of the 100 places allowed under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program.

  • Biologists caught in the crosshairs

    Seven wildlife biologists are in trouble for giving to a lab hair samples of what were supposed to be from wild Canada lynx in Washington but actually belonged to captive ones and a bobcat.

  • Will listing hurt the Colorado lynx?

    The Canada lynx is listed as threatened, but some fear the decision not to list the Southern Rockies lynx as a "distinct population segment" will hamper its recovery chances in Colorado.

  • A neighborhood for Aspen's 'middle' class

    Aspen developer John McBride's North Forty housing development aims to create a community for the ski resort's 'middle' class.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Utah Rep. Jim Hansen to retire; Kathleen Clarke confirmed as new BLM director; Ore. coast coho back under federal protection; Fort Irwin, CA Army training range expanded; Yellowstone ranger Bob Jackson back to work.

  • Judge puts kibosh on logging plan

    A federal judge rules that the Burn Area Recovery Plan, which would log Montana's Bitterroot National Forest, must be put on hold until the Forest Service gives the public a chance to appeal.

  • Unranchers gain ground

    The Arizona Supreme Court says the state land department can't deny conservation groups the right to bid on state grazing leases.

  • Joy Belsky: 'She made us better'

    Oregon range ecologist Joy Belsky is remembered with admiration by friends and opponents alike.

  • Finding the words

    Across the West, Native Americans are working to revive vanishing tribal languages, using their elders and language-immersion schools to try to gain fluent speakers.

  • Cybermapping the West - a new view

    A ramble through cyberspace paints an interesting "cybermap" of the West on the Web.

  • Ranchers' group adopts practical strategy

    The Northern Plains Resource Council is unique among Montana environmental groups in that it was founded by cattle ranchers, who still make up half the membership.

  • 'We better start moving ahead'

    In his own words, Libby, Mont., accountant Wayne Hirst talks about how Montana environmentalists went wrong.

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