Recreation

Wilderness as therapist
Wilderness as therapist
A growing number of veterans and researchers are racing to understand nature’s power to heal.
National forests to decide where snowmobiles are welcome
National forests to decide where snowmobiles are welcome
A new rule requires the government to specify areas for winter motorized users.
Private property blocks access to public lands
Private property blocks access to public lands
Public lands belong to everyone. But private landowners can make it hard to get to them.
Profound noise reigns
Musician Paul Winter decries the growth in aircraft noise in the Grand Canyon since he first recorded music in the park 30 years ago.
Wildlife plan teams with controversy
"Teaming with Wildlife," a proposal to raise money for wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation by adding a small change to the cost of bird-seed, kayaks, hiking boots, etc., faces opposition from both the left and right.
Parks want "drug-free' river guides
River guides and outfitters protest new drug-testing requirements begun in Grand Canyon National Park and soon to come to Utah's Canyonlands and Dinosaur National Monument.
Trying to think the good thoughts about ATVs
An elk hunter dislikes ORVs despite their convenience because they make the country too small.
Can Madison Avenue tread lightly in the West?
Tread Lightly! tries to rein in reckless ORV advertising that glorifies the vehicles ripping up the land.
Motorheads: The new, noisy, organized force in the West
Well-organized and well-heeled, off-road vehicle users constitute a large and powerful group aiming to stake its claim to the West's public lands.
The "tough love' trial is over
The Utah trial of eight North Star employees in the death of Arizona teenager Aaron Bacon on a "tough-love" wilderness program ends with only the field instructor, Craig Fisher, guilty as charged.
One win, one loss
The Telluride Ski and Golf Company is allowed to double the size of its skiing area, but must pay a fine and restore 19 acres to wetlands near the resort.
Through Hells and high water
The Forest Service bans jetboats from Hells Canyon for 21 days each summer on a 21-mile stretch of the Snake River.
What happens above ground...
Oregon Caves National Monument says the surrounding Siskiyou National Forest is injuring the caves by logging, mining and grazing.