In the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, held in Jackson, Wyo., university students from New York designed a cleaner, quieter snowmobile than the industry has ever made.
ORVers and local county commissioners are battling the Park Service over the closure of the popular Salt Creek road to Angel Arch in the Needles district of Canyonlands.
Officials at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park plan to sue to keep TDX, a corporation with ties to notorious developer Tom Chapman, from developing an inholding on the park's south rim.
Off-road vehicle users are upset by the BLM's decision to close to ORVs about half of Southern California's Algodones Dunes.
Yosemite National Park has a new management plan intended to reduce traffic and restore habitat, by using 500 buses to shuttle visitors through the park, among other changes.
Moab, Utah, is trying to regulate commercial light pollution to keep glare out of the night sky over area parks.
Utah ranchers take back cattle impounded by the BLM from grazing allotments on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
A committee of rock climbers, wilderness advocates, Forest Service officials and others is at a stalemate on the question of whether permanent climbing anchors should be allowed in wilderness areas.
Scientists have created new, electronic maps showing what the bottom of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park would look like without water.
Fred Dexter of Nevada's Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club is crusading against a planned four-lane bridge over the Colorado River at Sugarloaf Mountain in the Lake Mead Recreation Area.
Fearing more last-minute monument designations, Westerners have begun working with the Clinton administration to find other ways to protect public lands.
A final winter use plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks will ban snowmobiles altogether by the winter of 2003-2004.
When two Boulder, Colo., disc jockeys invited four-wheelers to an impromptu rally at nearby Caribou Flats, the resulting "Mudfest" wrecked private land and alpine wetlands and stained the reputation of the state's ORVers.
Migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert leave litter and cause ever-increasing damage, as seen in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Grand Canyon's backcountry and river planning effort ends abruptly when Park Superintendent Robert Arnberger decides the process, which includes outfitters, private boaters and wilderness advocates, is "too contentious."
Conservationists say Yellowstone National Park's long-awaited plan for managing its wandering bison herds accommodates cows at the expense of the bison.
The refusal of three ranchers to remove cattle from Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has put the BLM's ability to manage the monument under the spotlight.
As the Park Service struggles to radio-collar and control Yellowstone's wandering bison, the wildness of the animal is forgotten.
In Utah, Zion National Park launches its long-awaited new public transport system, and most visitors seem to enjoy the convenience - and the lack of noise and traffic in seeing the park by bus.