The Park Service has begun to restrict motorized recreation in many national parks, banning tourist flights, personal watercraft and snowmobiles in some areas and working to reduce auto congestion.
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.
The National Park Service wants to preserve the wagon ruts, campsites, graves and scenery along 13,000 miles of historic trails in the West.
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.
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.
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.
The Park Service says that snowmobiles will likely be banned from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks by 2002-2003.
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.
Jack and Stephanie McFarland sue when Glacier National Park officials deny them a special permit to snowmobile into their park inholding.
Sun Valley, Idaho, resident Diana Fassino, is among the protesters who have gone to court over their refusal to pay recreation fees.
Chris Wood, senior policy advisor to Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck, discusses the pros and cons of fee demo.
Former Inyo wilderness ranger Gary Guenther says that recreation should be subsidized as the extractive industries have always been.
Inyo National Forest Supervisor Jeff Bailey says that fee demo is not the full answer to the forest's many needs.
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.
A comparison of the different fees for recreational use in different national forests, national parks and recreation areas around the West.
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.
Locals seem resigned to President Clinton's creation of the new Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in northwest Arizona.
Throughout the West, off-road vehicles of all sorts are facing new regulations about where they can and can't go on public lands.
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