Longtime Death Valley resident Janice Allen believes the area is not helped by its designation as a national park.
Park enemies in Congress reduced the budget for the new Mojave National Preserve to one dollar - an extreme example of the way Congress often creates parks and monuments but is reluctant to provide any money to support them.
Local resident Kathy Goss is disillusioned by the way environmentalists pushed the Desert Protection Act.
The decision to put the BLM, rather than the Park Service, in charge of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, is part of a trend toward blurring the lines among the roles of the federal land management agencies.
Death Valley environmental specialist Dick Anderson defends the Desert Protection Act as necessary to save wild lands.
Eccentric desert rats and clean-cut park rangers sometimes meet in a culture clash over how to manage one of the hottest, driest and strangest places in North America - Death Valley National Park.
Some Oregon hikers are opposed to Mount Hood National Forest officials' proposal to drastically reduce the number of people allowed on 20 of the forest's most popular trails.
"Crown of the Canyons," an atlas compiled by the Wilderness Society, says the monument is part of a larger ecosystem that includes rural communities as well as other public lands.
Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with his parents, the writer sees magic work on his father, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease.
Two-thirds of the West's Park Service managers say light pollution is a growing problem at Western national parks and monuments, especially those located near cities.
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announces plans for a new national monument on the "Arizona Strip" - the Shivwits Plateau north of Grand Canyon - but area ranchers are not pleased.
Canyonlands Superintendent Walt Dabney has proposed to more than double the park's size by redrawing its boundaries along natural features.
A ski resort developer seeks a land swap with the Forest Service that would enable him to develop the small Grand Targhee ski resort in Driggs, Idaho, and the real estate nearby.
In Arizona, a new national park is proposed - the Sonoran Desert National Park - combining Organ Pipe National Monument, the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge and the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range.
Conservationists and boaters are battling over American Whitewater's attempt to open Yellowstone's rivers to kayaking.
Critics say a General Accounting Office report defending recreation fees does not give a full picture of public reaction to user fees.