Recreation

Six decades of river exploration
Six decades of river exploration
Review of “Downstream Toward Home” by Oliver A. Houck.
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
The giant pit may hold clues about the demise of the West’s ancient megafauna.
Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
Hunters may lose influence as other groups are asked to increase their contributions.
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
Volunteers are being sought by the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to restore heavily eroded trails on Colorado's highest peaks.
Feds sue a Utah county for building a road in a national park
Garfield County faces a trespassing lawsuit, filed by the Department of Interior for unauthorized road construction on the Burr Trail in Capitol Reef National Park.
Monumental deal over Utah's trust lands
A surprising agreement between Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt trades state-owned school trust lands in Grand Staircase-Escalante for federal lands elsewhere in Utah - and everyone seems to be happy about it.
Land swap splits conservationists
Saguaro National Park's recent land swap added 632 acres to the park in exchange for 4,332 acres of land north of Phoenix, and some say the trade sacrificed too much land.
Ruckus on a recreation river
The Forest Service's plan to cut whitewater rafting numbers on Idaho's popular Middle Fork of the Salmon rouses opposition from commercial boaters.
Outfitter bill may be missing the boat
Some environmentalists say a bill making it easier for outfitters to get permits on federal lands would give commercial interests too much power over public lands.
Jet Skis: Thrill or scourge?
The jet ski industry is pushing on the Park Service to open more park sites for personal watercraft, but the National Park Service and the Dept. of Interior can't agree on how to manage the fast boats.
Bison sleek, but suspect
Montana is prepared to fight a new federal proposal that would allow "low-risk" bison unlikely to spread brucellosis to leave Yellowstone National Park without being killed.
Buffering buffalo
A draft report from the National Academy of Sciences confirms that 30-40 percent of Yellowstone bison test positive for brucellosis but concludes that the risk of them infecting cattle is almost nonexistent.
The latest 1,000-pound gorilla
The American Recreation Coalition, which lobbies for motorized recreation, has become a potent force in the nation's capital as outdoor recreation becomes the dominant natural resource industry, especially in the West.