Growth & Sustainability

In rural Colorado, can art provide an economic engine?
In rural Colorado, can art provide an economic engine?
A small town invests in affordable housing for the creative sector.
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Navajo council rejects plans for Escalade’s tram, shops, restaurants.
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
As his final term ends, Dave Sakrison weighs the cost of decades of transformation.
Utah counties bulldoze the BLM, Park Service
Utah county commissioners in San Juan, Garfield and Kane counties bulldoze illegal roads into BLM and Park Service lands, including wilderness study areas and the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Colorado voters decide fate of 3 million acres
Colorado's Amendment 16 would allow state school trust lands to be managed for values other than money - and some fear that would mean harm to Colorado school budgets.
Two reports set the stage for Sierra Nevada's future
Reviews of "Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project Report" and "Sierra Nevada Wealth Index."
Marvel wins a round
The Idaho Supreme Court rules that the State Land Board erred in granting a grazing lease to a Challis rancher who had been outbid by anti-grazing activist Jon Marvel.
State lands: money isn't everything
Colorado Gov. Roy Romer drafts a ballot initiative to force the state land board to consider long-term stewardship and protection of state-owned lands.
Arizona state land opens for conservation
The new Arizona Preserve Initiative allows conservationists to lease state lands, but only those within a three-mile radius of major cities.
Phoenix will try to save desert wash
Arizona tells the city of Phoenix that it must come up with $25 million to preserve the nearby state-owned Cave Creek Wash.
Rebels without a case
A U.S. District Court strikes down Nye County, Nevada's ordinance claiming county ownership of all public lands in its borders.
They did it themselves
Federal employees and outside experts under the auspices of AFSEEE develop a management plan for the Columbia Basin - a volunteer effort that cost taxpayers nothing.
Land Board bias questioned
Idaho environmentalists fight with the state Land Board over leasing parcels for conservation instead of grazing and win a court victory.
Ranchers win again
Ranchers win state grazing permits in New Mexico after eight of nine competing bids by environmentalists are rejected by the state.
The disagreement is total
Would-be miner Ron Pene and the BLM disagree on Westwater Canyon's wilderness.
Is another senator backpedaling?
Sportsmen and conservationists criticize Craig Thomas for not considering public access in his bill to turn over BLM land to states.
Report blasts land giveaways
The Natural Resources Defense Council's report "Selling Our Heritage" blasts congressional plans to give away public lands.
Right-of-way or give-away?
A bill introduced by Rep. Jim Hansen of Utah could allow roads to be bulldozed across national parks and wilderness areas.
BLM land: outstanding opportunities for crowding
Increased tourism on BLM lands forces the agency to rethink its management plans.
How the BLM killed a cow to save a canyon and stop the paperwork
The removal of a lone cow from Utah's Chimney Canyon cost reams of paperwork, road-building and human effort.
Desert skin
An essay by Edward Abbey, praising the austere beauty of the Colorado Plateau, is illustrated by Thomas R. Miller's aerial photographs.
Irony piles on irony in Wyoming
A proposed private-federal land swap designed to preserve Wyoming's Spring Gulch Ranch raises controversy and charges of elitism.
Can BLM save the grass, and itself?
The BLM begins fighting back in a last-ditch effort to save grazing reform - and the agency itself - from legislation that would halt reform and turn over public lands to the state.