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  • The Latest Bounce

    Forest Service accidentally cuts a designated botanical area in southwest Oregon; California, New Mexico and Oregon sue Bush administration over repeal of Roadless Rule; Utah won’t let group test Great Salt Lake fish for mercury; BLM admits grazing regs need more work

  • Revealed — secret changes to park rules

    The Park Service lands in hot water when Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary Paul Hoffman secretly rewrites the agency’s management manual, and the revision is leaked to the press

  • Weighing our water options

    As the rapidly growing city of Las Vegas, Nev., schemes to find more water, it reminds those of us who live outside big cities that we also need to rethink the way we use water

  • The Snake River, unplugged

    The Nez Perce Tribe says that salmon-killing dams -- such as the three in Hells Canyon whose licenses are up for renewal this year – amount to an illegal "taking" of the tribe’s guaranteed right to fish

  • The Latest Bounce

    California Coastal Commission rejects 36 oil and gas leases; EPA proposes two-stage regulation for radiation exposure at Yucca Mountain; developer’s attorneys have to pay legal fees in lawsuit against environmentalist; wannabe border patrol volunteer lose

  • The harder they spawn, the quicker they die

    Silvery minnows had a good run this year on New Mexico’s Middle Rio Grande, but an increase in the number of dead fish has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to raise the "incidental take" numbers allowed for the species

  • Judge rejects old-growth forest rollbacks

    A federal judge has rolled back the Bush administration’s rollback of the Northwest Forest Plan’s old-growth forest "survey and manage" rules

  • Hope for the West's open lands

    The Quivira Coalition is working hard to try to preserve the West’s remaining private ranchlands – but much more needs to be done to protect this invaluable land

  • Rangeland Revival

    The Quivira Coalition wants to bring peace and prosperity to the West’s public grazing lands, but some critics question whether the collaboration-based group can accomplish its goals

  • How to Examine Conservation Easements

    Conservation easements are often a closed book if you're not one deal makers. Here are a few tips on how to examine a conservation easement in your area.

  • The Winds of Change

    Colorado citizens voted last November to increase their state’s reliance on power from the wind and sun, but King Coal still rules the state, and the White House seems determined to keep it on the throne

  • Public-lands ranchers: Should you trust this man?

    Paul Larmer interviews longtime activist Andy Kerr, director of the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign, about grazing buyouts and the future of public-lands ranching

  • Easterners tilt at windmills while Westerners joust with a real foe

    Cape Cod’s opposition to a proposed offshore wind farm sounds crazy to Westerners, who would gladly exchange nuclear waste dumps, coal mines and gas wells for some renewable energy

  • When a Boom is a Bust

    Wamsutter, Wyo., is a boomtown these days, but the town is struggling to be a real community, instead of just a barracks for the natural gas industry

  • The Great Basin: America's wasteland seeks a new

    The Great Basin has often been seen as a wasteland, but now new visions are defining the region.

  • Solar flip-flops and fish stories

    BLM flip-flops on solar and expedites oil and gas; Western Governors’ Association talks about energy; more fossil fuel risks; good (and bad) salmon news.

  • Why Juan Valdez doesn't haul coffee beans on a llama

    A pack-burro outfitter humorously lambastes the trendy llama.

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    State Parks Spread the Wealth

    When city dwellers seek refuge in nature, they also boost rural economies

  • The weedy future of the Great Basin

    The fire-loving weed cheatgrass is taking over the Great Basin's overgrazed sagebrush steppes, and BLM scientists are struggling to find a way to eradicate the non-native weeds and restore the land before it all goes up in flames.

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