Items by Paul Larmer

'HCPs need peer-reviewed science'
In his own words, volunteer Michael Schindell with the National Endangered Species Network says HCPs have weak science.
'Landowners need more incentives'
In his own words, scientist Michael Bean of the Environmental Defense Fund says HCPs give landowners a reason to protect wildlife.
The feds won't enforce the ESA
Some say the real problem with habitat conservation lies in the government's unwillingness to really enforce the Endangered Species Act.
'We've turned down bad HCPs'
In his own words, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Region 1 Assistant Director Curt Smitch defends HCPs.
'I've never seen a good HCP'
In her own words, Environmental Law Fund attorney Tara Mueller blasts HCPs.
'The real problem is lack of time'
In his own words, California biologist Dennis Murphy defends HCPs.
Habitat Conservation Plans
Controversy reigns over whether Habitat Conservation Plans - the latest attempt to balance private-property rights with the protection of endangered species - are doing more harm than good.
Sierra Club Foundation vs. Ray Graham III: the case that won't die
Ray Graham's lawsuit against the Sierra Club Foundation, over money he donated that was never used to buy grazing land in New Mexico for Hispanic shepherds, faces a third fight in San Francisco.
Judge is bullish on trout protection
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service starts the process of listing the bull trout under the Endangered Species Act.
Oregon gets shot at saving salmon
Oregon is given the chance to try its own recovery plan for coho salmon, while the southern population of the fish in California is listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Let's 'work with the situation'
Gerry Rankin, mayor of Big Water, Utah, in her own words describes her town's high hopes for Andalex's mine, but says she is willing to work with the new situation the new monument is bringing.
'This monument was just plain stupid'
Roger Holland, a Kanab town councilman, in his own words on why he hates the new national monument.
A proud and defiant native
Garfield County Commissioner Louise Liston in her own words on her fight against the monument and her struggle to preserve what she sees as important in the region.
Beauty and the Beast
As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.
Founding father challenges his movement
At the Western States Coalition Summit VII in Salt Lake City, cracks in the wise-use movement are revealed as the small grassroots groups and some founding members such as Chuck Cushman fear People for the West has grown too big and bureaucratic.
Injunction lifted in the Southwest
A 16-month-long national forest logging injunction in Arizona and New Mexico is lifted when a judge rules that the Forest Service has completed a plan on protecting the Mexican spotted owl.
The report is readable - and grim
The Interior Columbia Basin Management Project has produced a useful but depressing science document, "Status of the Interior Columbia Basin."
When dead bees don't make a case
Beekeeper Tom Theobald pushes hard to get federal and state officials to address bee kills he is convinced are caused by the pesticide Penncap-M.
Miles County
Beekeeper Miles County, in his own words, explains why he thinks a pesticide is killing his hive.
Leonard Felix
Leonard Felix, in his own words, defends the safety record of the pesticides he and others aerially spray.
Natives emerge from the shadows
Gary Nabhan of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum believes the "forgotten pollinators" - native bees and other insects - have been ignored too long in favor of the non-native honeybees most people are familiar with.
Bees under siege
Honeybees across the West - and the nation - are dying in huge numbers, and some think a pesticide, methyl parathion, may be the primary killer.
A little bug causes a big stink in Utah
Utah's popular Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park tries to balance the needs of ORVers, hikers, New Agers - and the very rare, endemic tiger beetle.
Don't expect problem solving in 1997-1998
The next Congress will probably not solve any Western environmental problems.
A tribe that takes the high road
The small but feisty Coeur d'Alene tribe has always tackled tough issues.
Piling a new economy on the old
Idaho developers build resorts on the remains of a busted mining and timber economy.
Pollution in paradise
Idaho's beautiful Silver Valley and Lake Coeur d'Alene build a new resort economy on a toxic stew of mining waste.
... comes after two years of arrested development
The 104th Congress was a roller-coaster ride for environmentalists, as shown by a recap of some the Legislature's highlights.
Judge sends a message to cows
In Oregon, Judge Ancer Haggerty says all applications for grazing permits need to be reviewed to see if the grazing would pollute state water.
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