Recreation

National parks ponder fee increases
National parks ponder fee increases
Entrance fees haven't gone up since 2008.
A new century with carnivores
A new century with carnivores
Learning to see predators as companions, not competition.
When is lightning likely?
When is lightning likely?
The National Weather Service’s new lightning potential index.
Bison sleek, but suspect
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.
Buffering buffalo
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 latest 1,000-pound gorilla
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.
Climbing ban upheld at Devils Tower
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.
Jetboat race withdrawn
A planned jetboat race up and down a 50-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River in Montana is cancelled following a flurry of criticism.
Hells Canyon benefit float trip
Hells Canyon Preservation Council and Northwest Ecosystem Alliance sponsor a wooden/dorie benefit float trip down the Snake River, June 1.
Playing by the rules
The video "Rules of the Snow" offers safety tips for Western snowmobilers.
Grizzlies on staff
The Glacier Institute teaches students of all ages about Glacier National Park.
Locals protest Vail expansion
Locals and critics charge that Vail Associates is using a ski area expansion as an excuse to develop the area and sell valuable real estate at the expense of elk and lynx habitat.
Some tourists opt for a dose of reality
The nonprofit Global Exchange offers "reality tours" that put tourists face-to-face with poverty and other problems, including environmental issues.