Items by Emily Miller

Managing scenery, wildlife and humans
Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area has long seen trouble between the Forest Service and private inholders, and manager Paul Ries is on the hot seat for trying to protect the area.
Salmon says no bears, no way
In Salmon, Idaho, a public hearing on the possible reintroduction of grizzly bears reveals an almost-hysterical fear of bears among many of the locals.
Rafters vs. fish
River outfitters protest the Forest Service's policy of periodically closing Idaho's Salmon River to floaters to protect endangered salmon.
Rid-a-Bird works too well
A small pest control company's product, Rid-a-Bird, is blamed in the deaths of two protected birds, a hawk and an owl, after Weyerhaeuser uses it to kill starlings at its Longview, Wash., paper mill.
Maps may save lives
A mapping project is set up in Oregon to identify sites at risk for landslides, in an attempt to discourage both logging and home building in dangerous areas.
Wolves take heavy toll in Montana
Wolves have killed at least 30 sheep in six weeks in Montana's Tobacco Valley, and despite being compensated by Defenders of Wildlife, some sheep ranchers are furious.
Bigger might be better for Utah's parks
In Utah, Canyonlands park officials and conservationists are saying that an area slated for oil drilling, Lockhart Basin, which is right outside the park boundaries, should be included in the park and protected.
An Indian casino would sit on ancient graves
On Arizona's Tohono O'odham Reservation, a controversial tribal council plan would build a casino on land where a 700-year-old village and graves are buried.
Bad blood over good sheep
Lyle McNeal, founder of Utah State University's Navajo Sheep Project, comes to a crisis with the university and files suit against it over the future of his project to save the Churro sheep.
Bombs tested in Nevada
The Department of Energy begins a series of underground nuclear detonations at the Nevada Test Site, and environmentalists and arms control groups protest.
A timber town yells for help
Town officials in Forks, Wash., which has been badly hit by logging restrictions, complain to the state government that they were promised economic assistance.
A do-over in Telluride
The Forest Service revises its approval of a ski area expansion onto public land in Telluride, Colo.
Co-existence criticized
Five environmental groups say that oil and gas drilling on the Shoshone National Forest threatens grizzly bear habitat.
Trouble for grizzly bear recovery plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's draft plan to restore grizzly bears to western Montana and central Idaho's Selway-Bitterroot ecosystem faces opposition from Republican Sens. Conrad Burns and Larry Craig.
Lakes vanish - and then return
A 10-mile stretch of lakes, creeks and a waterfall in Lincoln County, Wash. - dry for a decade - come back to life this spring as the drought ends.
Get your ash off our mountain
The Forest Service prohibits scattering human ashes on its land - and Native Americans object, too - but the remains keep appearing.
Hanford workers point the finger
Four workers at the Hanford, Wash., plutonium reclamation facility say they are still suffering health problems after a May 14 accident at the facility.
Bills target Antiquities Act
Utah lawmakers try to push bills thgrough Congress to limit the Antiquities Act and control management of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument created with the Antiquities Act.
Climbing ban fails
The Forest Service reverses a climbing ban at Cave Rock in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., despite Indian claims that the site is sacred.
Tribes say count us out
A forum intended to come up with a salmon recovery plan loses support when four Northwest Indian tribes withdraw, charging that the process favors hydropower, not fish.
The roads less funded
A bill before Congress would end funding for new logging roads in national forests.
Tell it to the judge
Ninety-five species of Southwestern wildlife, proposed over a year ago for listing as endangered, still have not been evaluated.
Dear Michael Dombeck
Biologists and botanists from 30 different forests have written a letter to new Chief Michael Dombeck, saying the agency's ability to achieve its conservation goals is seriously hampered by budget cuts.
The system cuts a new chief down to size
New Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck and his plans for agency reform face slow going on a rough road filled with obstacles.
Mount Zirkel's acid trip
Air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Craig and Hayden, Colo., is harming wildlife in the Mount Zirkel wilderness.
Taking range reform by the horns
Navajo ranchers are warming up to the idea of range reform on their overgrazed, drought-damaged reservation.
Shutdown attempts go up in smoke
A federal judge allows chemical weapons incinerating to go on at Tooele, Utah, despite environmental warnings of the dangers.
Utah Paiutes put the brakes on chaining
Utah Paiutes join environmentalists in protesting the BLM's "chaining" of tree stumps to clear land in central Utah after fires.
Rancher shoots for test case
Meeteetse, Wyo., rancher Martin Thomas will argue in court that he was justified in gunning down nine elk with an assault rifle because of the threat of brucellosis to cattle.
Potatoes raise a stink in Idaho
Millions of pounds of leftover potato sludge dumped by the Idaho Pacific potato processing plant in Ririe, Idaho, are creating a messy, stinky problem, according to local residents.
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