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Desert Conference
The 19th Desert Conference, at Oregon's Malheur Field Station, April 24-27.
Cherish and Renew: Restoring Western Ecosystems and Communities
A conference, To Cherish and Renew: Restoring Western Ecosystems and Communities, in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 17-19.
Burning for a buck
People burning old industrial-gauge wire in the Utah desert to get at the raw copper left to sell are breaking the law and creating a serious health hazard, BLM officials warn.
Cars kill trees
California scientists say air pollution from the San Joaquin Valley is killing thousands of trees in the Sierra Nevadas.
BLM ditches law-enforcement rules
Following complaints, the BLM withdraws new "plain English" regulations on the agency's law-enforcement authority.
Frogs sport too many legs
Scientists say the eight-legged frogs showing up in western Oregon are probably victims of a trematode parasite.
A Utah vendetta
Utah politicians, angry at actor Robert Redford's support of the controversial new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, pass a resolution to turn Redford's Sundance resort into a wilderness.
Cows aren't "wild and scenic'
A federal judge orders cattle off Oregon's Donner und Blitzen River, saying the BLM has failed to protect 75 miles of the wild and scenic river.
Loggers sued for fatal landslide
The relatives of four people killed in a landslide in Douglas County, Ore., last November are suing two logging companies for clearcutting the hills above the victims' home and contributing to the landslide.
Coyotes could get culled
Biologist Alan Clark believes that the only way to help the declining population of the endangered Columbia white-tailed deer is to begin to kill coyotes on the Washington wildlife refuge the deer live on.
Planes beat out quiet
The federal Aviation Administration bows to the protests of air tour operators, and delays setting up new flight-free zones over Grand Canyon until next year.
BLM braces for Mormon pioneers
The BLM is bracing itself for the expected arrival of a million visitors who plan to visit Wyoming's portion of the 150-year-old Mormon Pioneer Trail this spring and summer.
Tarnished trophies
PEER's report, "Tarnished Trophies," documents how safari hunters bring exotic and endangered animals into the U.S. as game trophies.