A surprising agreement between Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt trades state-owned school trust lands in Grand Staircase-Escalante for federal lands elsewhere in Utah - and everyone seems to be happy about it.
Saguaro National Park's recent land swap added 632 acres to the park in exchange for 4,332 acres of land north of Phoenix, and some say the trade sacrificed too much land.
The Forest Service's plan to cut whitewater rafting numbers on Idaho's popular Middle Fork of the Salmon rouses opposition from commercial boaters.
Some environmentalists say a bill making it easier for outfitters to get permits on federal lands would give commercial interests too much power over public lands.
The jet ski industry is pushing on the Park Service to open more park sites for personal watercraft, but the National Park Service and the Dept. of Interior can't agree on how to manage the fast boats.
Montana is prepared to fight a new federal proposal that would allow "low-risk" bison unlikely to spread brucellosis to leave Yellowstone National Park without being killed.
A draft report from the National Academy of Sciences confirms that 30-40 percent of Yellowstone bison test positive for brucellosis but concludes that the risk of them infecting cattle is almost nonexistent.
The American Recreation Coalition, which lobbies for motorized recreation, has become a potent force in the nation's capital as outdoor recreation becomes the dominant natural resource industry, especially in the West.
A judge upholds the right of the National Park Service to ask rock climbers to stay off Wyoming's Devils Tower during June, when Native Americans hold religious ceremonies.
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