Items by Ed Marston

The BLM closes access to 75,000 acres of wilderness
The public has lost the only practicable, two-wheel-drive access to Western Colorado's 75,000-acre Dominguez Wilderness Study Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
A feudal mentality holds back the West
Unless the trashing and privatization stops, the intermountain Rockies will never escape their feudal social and economic situation. Those who now control the land and the land managers don't have a glimmer of how to lead the region out of its downward slide.
Environmental leaders stand up for orthodoxy
Things are grim if you identify the vigor of the environmental movement with the major groups -- but they are not the movement.
Conservationists spent much of 1985 fighting roading and logging
Wilderness legislation in 1984 that protected millions of acres of new wilderness also opened millions of acres to new roading and logging.
The West's energy dominoes came crashing down
Dropping oil prices ripple through the West.
The life and death of Rocky Mountain towns
Sadly for both the towns and for progressive editors, the times are changing much faster in these towns than the local cultures. It is highly unlikely that these cultures can adapt, even though their survival is at stake.
Sierra Club wins water lawsuit
A federal judge has ruled that when Congress creates a wilderness area, it also creates water rights to go with the wilderness.
Indians breathe life into old treaties
Attorneys for tribes in the arid West have sued for and won millions of acre-feet of water over the past two decades.
Tribes struggle for sovereignty and power
Indian tribes are forcing the United States to make good on a few of the promises made to them in the 19th century.
After decades of trying, opponents get the Central Utah Project in the ring
Residents in 12 counties covering one-third of Utah will vote on whether to back or kill the Bonneville Unit of the multibillion-dollar Central Utah Project.
Let the brawl begin
For decades, the Missouri River basin has gotten along without interstate water compacts and lawsuits -- but now that's changing.
Montana Power wins a big one at Colstrip
The Montana Public Service Commission has reversed an aggressive decision it made in 1984 to deny Montana Power Company a rate increase to fund an expansion of its Colstrip coal-fired power plant.
Forest logging plan squashed from above
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken a giant step into the debate over below-cost timber sales in the Rockies and aspen cutting in Colorado.
Colorado is the Appalachia of the West
At one time, all Western states had a similar approach to water. But Colorado now lags in terms of building the public interest into water matters.
The Wilderness Society's outstanding alumni
Most former staff from the Wilderness Society are still doing grassroots wilderness work in the West. They just aren't working for the Wilderness Society.
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Bailing out a National Monument in New Mexico
Heavy runoff has overflowed the Cochiti Reservoir, threatening the Anasazi ruins and wildlife of Bandelier National Monument.
Murky language lands an EIS in deep water
If a court ruling holds up, federal bureaucrats may have to re-think how they write Environmental Impact Statements.
Peaches and apples roar back
Peaches and apples roar back
In the wake of the collapse of the early 1980s oil shale boom in and around Palisade, Colo., fruitgrowing is one of the few games in town.
Critics say U.S. Steel is running its Provo, Utah, mill into the ground
Although U.S. Steel denies it, the firm is shutting down the immense Geneva mill step by step, even as it wrings millions in profits out of it and the workers it plans to layoff.
A concentration camp was Wyoming's third largest city
During World War II, 11,000 American and Japanese-born men, women and children were detained at Heart Mountain.
A proposed 35-million-acre land swap is shrouded in confusion
Some conservationists think the land swap is designed to benefit mining and drilling companies. But industry, perhaps because it's been burned by earlier administration initiatives, is not speaking strongly in support.
Two western forces clash at Jackson Lake
The frailness of Jackson Dam brings two sacred Western forces into conflict: agricultural water rights versus one of America's most beautiful and popular national parks.
Is America's Indian policy that of 'starve or sell'?
To some, the issue with a vetoed Indian health care bill is simply the delivery of health services on and off reservations. But to others it is a possible plot to put the tribes in a position where they must deal away their natural resources at low prices in order to survive.
The 99th Congress will face scores of resource and environmental questions
A look at how the upcoming congress may treat Forest Service logging, BLM grazing, the Clean Air Act and more.
Can the Forest Service survive?
Several months ago, we asked: Can the Forest Service be reformed? Now, after seeing that the agency can't even get along with the Wyoming delegation, we ask: Can the Forest Service survive?
Jackson Hole tries its hand at forest management
The question of Forest Service intentions has arisen most starkly on the Bridger-Teton National Forests, where the value of timber, oil and gas are dwarfed by recreation.
Is Colorado River water for sale?
The Central Arizona Project is at least a year away from watering lawns, golf courses and crops in the Phoenix area. But the multibillion-dollar diversion of water out of the Colorado River is already rearranging the way water is viewed in the West.
The courts are now the forum for resolving forest disputes
The battle against the Forest Service's timber practices is a dispersed guerilla war, fought on local fronts through numerous, sophisticated lawsuits.
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