Items by Sarah Wright

Birdman’s biography soars
Cool North Wind: Morley Nelson’s Life with Birds of Prey by Stephen Stuebner tells the story of one of the most underrated and interesting conservationists in the West
Changing the world, one person at a time
A young woman realizes she doesn’t belong in a national environmental organization when one of its well-dressed leaders tells her to forget about the simple life, because how a person lives doesn’t really matter.
Sprawl is in the numbers
A study by Numbers USA, "Weighing Sprawl Factors in Large U.S. Cities," analyzes relative contributions of land-use decisions and population growth to sprawl in the nation's 100 largest urbanized areas.
Wilted West staggers into summer
The fourth year of a crippling drought throughout the West is potential for trouble, not only for farmers, but wildlife and the human population, as well.
Saving tired tires
A family-owned business, Cordova and Sons, in Cuba City, N.M., collects and recycles used tires for landscaping and building projects.
Land exchange could short-change monuments
A land-exchange referendum on the November ballot might shift the borders of the Sonoran Desert and Ironwoods national monuments, designated by President Clinton before he left office, in an effort to resolve power companies' rights-of-way.
City gets in the zone for fish
The city of Portland, Ore., drafts a proposal to aid endangered fish through building and landscape regulations to prevent eroding stream banks on 19,000 acres of residential property.
A blueprint for better communities
"Solving Sprawl," a new book by the Natural Resources Defense Council, offers guidance on how to counter poorly planned patterns of growth.
Braking development in the Breaks
Environmentalists are fighting to stop energy development in Montana's Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Who's bringing home the bacon?
The Environmental Working Group has put together a Web site that lists the amounts of federal subsidies farmers have received since the 1996 Farm Bill was passed.
Montana revved up about snowmobile agreement
Snowmobilers and wilderness advocates come to an agreement on motorized access in Montana's Flathead National Forest.
Lawsuit is for the dogs
The Montana Shooting Sports Association is fighting a BLM ban on prairie dog hunting intended to save habitat for the endangered blackfooted ferret.
Tug-of-war over water
The Colorado Legislature is mulling over a bill that would allow farmers and cities to retain rights to any water they leave instream for fish and boaters.
Entrepreneur shovels trouble
Archaeologists are appalled at Anasazi Digs, a family-owned business near Monticello, Utah, that plans to sell the right to dig and keep artifacts from prehistoric ruins on private land.
Buyout for bears
Defenders of Wildlife and the Wyoming Wilderness Society are paying an Idaho sheep rancher to move to a different grazing allotment, so that grizzly bears can safely live on the original allotment.
Sparring over elk imports
The Colorado Wildlife Commission wants to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease by requiring all elk imports to be certified as disease-free for 60 months.
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