Recreation

Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
A trail along the Trans-Alaska pipeline could be the start of a booming recreation economy.
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
A new volume of maps shows the evolution of how we understand geography.
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
At the border, migrants and long-distance trekkers hike side by side but worlds apart.
Jet Ski riders circle the wagons
In November, personal watercraft will be banned from Lake Powell and seven other Western reservoirs while the Park Service completes an environmental review of the machines' impacts.
Peer pressure
The Web site of PEER - Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility - features a report on increasing violence against National Park Service employees, along with other topics.
Rough riding
A new report, the ATV Safety Crisis Report, blames off-road vehicles for death and injury and suggests that their use should be regulated.
When nature calls, don't follow your instincts
For environmental as well as aesthetic reasons, parks like Grand Teton in Wyoming are doing away with wilderness outhouses, and requesting hikers to use "poop bags" to pack out human waste.
L.A.'s rivers get some respect
A new bill may turn the lower Los Angeles River and the San Gabriel River in Los Angeles into one of the country's few urban national parks.
Mount Hood recreation may go big time
Friends of Mount Hood is fighting the Mount Hood Meadows Development Corp., which wants to build a ski resort that threatens pear orchards and cattle ranches on the northeastern flanks of Oregon's Mount Hood.
In the throat of a black hole
An essay from the author's book, "The Desert Cries," in which he tours Antelope Canyon, where a flood once took the lives of hikers.
Permanent user fees in the pipeline
The Bush administration wants to permanently install user fees for recreation on public lands, but opponents are speaking out.
Hansen pops a wheelie
Utah Rep. Jim Hansen has introduced a bill that would allow ATV riders access to 300 miles of existing roads and allow the creation of more access trails for ATVs in Utah.
Does desert cross cross the line?
A cross placed on Mojave National Preserve by Veterans of Foreign Wars as a memorial is the center of controversy between the National Park Service and the American Civil Liberties Union, which claims it violates the separation of church and state.
Zion's geriatric cottonwoods
Cottonwood trees in Utah's Zion National Park may vanish in the next few decades, according to a study by the park and the Grand Canyon Trust that recommends removal of flood-protection stone levees as a way to save the trees.
Land exchange could short-change monuments
A land-exchange referendum on the November ballot might shift the borders of the Sonoran Desert and Ironwoods national monuments, designated by President Clinton before he left office, in an effort to resolve power companies' rights-of-way.
A road through a national monument?
In New Mexico, Albuquerque's new mayor, Martin Chavez, has renewed support for building a controversial road through Petroglyph National Monument.
Forest Service gives climbers the slip
Rock climbers are fuming at the Forest Service's decision to all but outlaw climbing at caves near Bend, Ore., that are sacred to local tribes and also home to dwindling numbers of bats.
Braking development in the Breaks
Environmentalists are fighting to stop energy development in Montana's Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Winter-use plan lurches toward the finish line
The National Park Service has issued its Winter-Use Plans Draft Supplemental EIS, the agency's first attempt to manage winter traffic in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Cleaner machines drive (slowly) toward Yellowstone
The Environmental Protection Agency is developing the first emission standards for off-road motors, including snowmobiles.
Montana revved up about snowmobile agreement
Snowmobilers and wilderness advocates come to an agreement on motorized access in Montana's Flathead National Forest.
Groundswell for a monument?
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt startles environmentalists with his suggestion for a new national monument on the San Rafael Swell.
Dunes shifts toward park status
Residents of Colorado's San Luis Valley are pleased at the prospect of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument adding the neighboring Baca Ranch and becoming a national park.