Items by Matt Jenkins

Hard work in progress
Dale Shewalter's group, the Arizona Trail Association, has been working since 1988 on establishing a north-south route all the way across Arizona.
Sacred Objects and Sacred Places
In "Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions," writer Andrew Gulliford explores Indian attempts to preserve tribal traditions, identity, language and sacred landscapes.
Mud-boggers get mud in their eye
Twenty Sheridan, Wyo., four-wheelers have been fined for destroying national forest land last June during their annual "Spring Run" across the Bighorn National Forest.
Shoring up wetlands protection
The Bush administration says it will stand by Clinton's "Tulloch Rule," which requires a permit for using earthmovers to excavate wetlands.
Making forests safe again won't be a walk in the park
On Arizona's Coconino National Forest outside of Flagstaff, foresters are working to thin the overgrown, doghair woods to prevent catastrophic wildfires.
Fruita draws the line against sprawl
A small rural town on Colorado's Western Slope, Fruita is fighting to save its agriculture and avoid the sprawling growth of nearby Grand Junction, using innovative planning and the transfer of development rights to keep a three-mile open-space buffer.
Microwaveable wilderness
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Wilderness Watch are challenging a microwave repeater tower in Death Valley National Park that was put up without any environmental assessment.
Columbia Champion
The Conservation Fund and the Catto Charitable Foundation are honoring Nancy Russell, founder of the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, for her work to protect the Gorge.
U.S. mills fall under Canadian ax
In the new global economy, U.S. sawmills are going out of business, unable to compete with cheap timber coming from Canada, where environmental regulations are much looser.
Water Watch
The new Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network (BASIN) Web site gives water quality and other environmental information on Boulder, Colo.'s Boulder Creek watershed.
Washington, unplugged
With the Bonneville Power Administration saying that it can't meet demand over the next five years, Washington's Gov. Gary Locke has announced a plan to encourage energy efficiency, conservation and diversification.
Fiddling with FERC
Environmentalists say a bill intended to speed up the dam relicensing process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission might lead to inadequate environmental assessments.
Wetlands get dumped on
A Supreme Court decision has stripped federal protection from about one-third of the nation's wetlands.
Back on the bus
Grand Canyon's plan to cut traffic in the park by building a light-rail train system has been derailed because of its cost, and the park has been told to use buses instead.
Bush hits the brakes
Right after taking office, Pres. Bush put a freeze on Clinton's last new regulations -- the USFS's roadless plan, Mexican owl critical habitat, and other environmental rules -- giving the new administration time to review and maybe overturn them.
Agency will try to track trails
The BLM has released a new plan for managing off-highway vehicle use on public lands across the country.
Swift fox may lose the race
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dropped the swift fox as a candidate for endangered species listing.
Park Service bans Jet Skis
Settlement of a recent lawsuit filed by Bluewater Network may eliminate personal watercraft from the entire parks system by 2002.
Monumental changes
The Clinton administration announces seven new national monuments, six of them in the West, three days before George W. Bush takes office.
Vulgar yet valiant
"Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir" by Murry A. Taylor tells the story of the sometimes "irreverent, vulgar, uncouth and crass" folks who parachute in to fight forest fires in the West.
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