Items by Tony Davis
It’s too early to know the impact wildfires have had on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge and the Crestridge wildlife preserve, two of the successes of the Multiple Species Conservation Program
A shopping center and apartment complex destroyed over 60 of the vernal pools necessary to endangered San Diego fairy shrimp, and despite the Multiple Species Conservation Program, only one of the pools was saved
San Diego, Calif., adopted its groundbreaking Multiple Species Conservation Program to protect wildlife habitat while allowing for continued community growth – but critics say endangered wildlife is the loser in the deal
A court ruling may lead to the removal of the endangered status currently assigned to Arizona’s cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls
Anti-grazing activist Joe Feller is leading the fight against BLM-approved projects in Arizona's Arrastra Mountain Wilderness that include an improved access road to a rancher's inholding.
Alma, N.M., rancher Sewell Goodwin believes that removing cattle from riparian grazing has actually improved their health.
New Mexico rancher Hugh B. McKeen continues to battle the federal government over grazing restrictions on his Gila National Forest allotment.
Three years after cows were banned from some Southwestern rivers, the San Francisco River in the Gila National Forest shows signs of recovery, but struggling ranchers and uneven wildlife numbers prove that the struggle over desert grazing is still alive.
An armed encounter erupts between environmental activist Deirdre Wolf and local rancher Alex Thal over whether a road through her property near Silver City, N.M., is public or private.
The court overturns the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's ban on citizen petitions to list candidates for endangered species protection.
In Phoenix, Mark Warren Sands is charged with burning down eight trophy homes, but the June arsons that burned three brand-new, vacant luxury homes in Tucson's Pima Canyon Estates remain a mystery.
A six-year fight over the Canoa Ranch south of Tucson ended in compromise, with development to take place but 4,800 acres of open space to be preserved.
Tucson's innovative Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan will protect hundreds of thousands of acres of virgin desert while still allowing newcomers to build on less environmentally sensitive land.
Environmentalists fear that a listing freeze at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - which the agency blames on a much-reduced budget - will lead to a host of endangered species going extinct.
Off-road vehicle users are upset by the BLM's decision to close to ORVs about half of Southern California's Algodones Dunes.
Arizona's anti-growth Proposition 202 failed largely because its well-heeled opponents blanketed the airways with often inaccurate advertising.
Ariz. polls show anti-sprawl initiative losing; in Wash., anti-tax business Tim Eyman has 2 new initiatives on ballot after measure last year ruled unconstitutional; OR Voters Guide 376 pp. long; Sen. Slade Gorton, says media hurts re-election chances.
In Arizona, developers are battling Proposition 202, The Citizens Growth Management Initiative, which would rein in large-scale, "leapfrog" developments.
Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney backs away from his earlier statement that George W. Bush might rescind the national monuments Clinton created.
The federal Fish and Wildlife Service is allowing a Tucson, Ariz., developer to build in habitat critical for the endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl.
In the wake of the Cerro Grande fire, Los Alamos faces a new problem: how to prevent summer rainstorms from flooding the fire-denuded canyons and washing the laboratory's hazardous wastes into the Rio Grande.
The Cerro Grande fire is only the beginning of trouble, forest managers say, warning that summer monsoons on the burned hillsides could cause floods that send toxic and radioactive wastes into the Rio Grande.
The forest fire that ravaged Los Alamos, N.M., stemming from a Park Service prescribed burn that swept out of control, has everyone debating the whole concept of prescribed burning in the West.
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt has proposed a new national monument near Tucson, Ariz., to protect the ironwood trees that are threatened by development and logging.
In Arizona, "wildcat" subdivisions such as Picture Rocks are springing up everywhere, and lawmakers and antigrowth activists are fighting over how to bring the sprawl under control.
Environmentalists are fighting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to no longer accept petitions seeking to move species off the agency's candidates list and up to formal threatened and endangered status.
In Tucson, conservationists are angry and the Amphitheater school distrct is rejoicing over the decision to build a new high school in endangered pygmy-owl habitat.
A federal judge clamps down on permits for new development in and around Tucson, Ariz., to protect habitat for the endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl.
In Tucson, Ariz., a mayoral election is heating up over whether the city should try again to make use of the notoriously foul water that comes through the Central Arizona Project.
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- on Feds opt not to list Mono Basin sage grouse
- Chase Gunnell on Will the Northwest Forest Plan come undone?
- Arnold Weissberg on Ranch Diaries: Building community in the middle of nowhere
- Steve Snyder on Only 40 years ago, the Earth got its day