Recreation

Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Summer is always high season for fatal outdoor accidents, but increased lightning and heat seem to make it worse.
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Durango may be moving on, but wider fears about the toxic spill still reverberate.
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Over a year later, officials are navigating thorny legal issues from taxes to licensure.
Zion takes tourists out of their cars
Utah's Zion National Park, one of the nation's most popular, has become the first Western park to replace cars with a shuttle bus system in its most heavily visited area.
Preserving the westward way
The National Park Service wants to preserve the wagon ruts, campsites, graves and scenery along 13,000 miles of historic trails in the West.
Guides may get guidelines
Sen. Larry Craig's proposed Outfitters Policy Act would standardize outfitter operations on the public lands, but private users and other critics say the law would tie up the resource for commercial benefit.
Greens call snowmaking a snow job
Colorado Wild, an environmental group, is appealing the Forest Service's decision to let Arapahoe Basin Ski Area divert water from the North Fork of the Snake River for use in snowmaking.
Agency torpedoes canyon planning
The Park Service has ended consensus efforts among private boaters, environmentalists and commercial rafting companies over access to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, saying the talks had become polarized and contentious.
Parks rev up to ban snowmobiles
The Park Service says that snowmobiles will likely be banned from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks by 2002-2003.
EPA sets sights on snowmobiles
The Environmental Protection Agency says snowmobiles should be banned in Yellowstone, at least until cleaner machines are built, but the Park Service is seeking a less controversial alternative.
A test case on access
Jack and Stephanie McFarland sue when Glacier National Park officials deny them a special permit to snowmobile into their park inholding.
Fee fighters refuse to pay
Sun Valley, Idaho, resident Diana Fassino, is among the protesters who have gone to court over their refusal to pay recreation fees.
'We want the public lands to be in the backyard of the little guy'
Chris Wood, senior policy advisor to Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck, discusses the pros and cons of fee demo.
'I think recreation should be subsidized'
Former Inyo wilderness ranger Gary Guenther says that recreation should be subsidized as the extractive industries have always been.
'You can't sell a sunset'
In his own words, Scott Silver of Wild Wilderness denounces the fee demo program.
'Fee demo is not the full answer'
Inyo National Forest Supervisor Jeff Bailey says that fee demo is not the full answer to the forest's many needs.
Working class can't foot the bill
Some social scientists and activists charge that user fees will have a disproportionate impact on working-class people and shut many of them out of the public lands.
Fees around the West
A comparison of the different fees for recreational use in different national forests, national parks and recreation areas around the West.
Land of the fee
While cash-strapped land managers praise the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, some recreationists and activists rail against it, and others point out that the program isn't producing as much money as was hoped for.
Arizona gets a new monument
Locals seem resigned to President Clinton's creation of the new Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in northwest Arizona.
Off-road riders told to stay on the road
Throughout the West, off-road vehicles of all sorts are facing new regulations about where they can and can't go on public lands.
Snow surfers with a mission
The "Mountain Surf" chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in Bozeman, Mont., has started the Snowrider Project to protect water quality at ski areas.
Babbitt's wish list grows
On a recent Colorado visit, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt discusses possible land-protection measures for Black Ridge, outside of Grand Junction, and for 150,000 acres of archaeologically rich land near Cortez, Colo.