Items by Tom Wolf

One man's salt must not burden another man's water
One man's salt must not burden another man's water
The little farming town of Mancos, Colo., is finding ways to remove salt from its water and make irrigation more efficient during drought.
The secret of Los Angeles’ great-tasting water
After Los Angeles wins an award for its great-tasting water, Tom Wolf recalls how he and some friends got the notion to try to spice up the city’s water supply with a little LSD in the 1960s.
When dams were young and gardenias a nickel apiece
Tom Wolf talks to his 90-year-old mother about the Great Depression and the big dams that were built in the West in the 1930s.
Is Glen Canyon Dam pulling the plug on itself?
The writer recalls the good old days when his father engineered Glen Canyon Dam
'Mr. Dominy, are you a hero or a villain?'
Former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Floyd E. Dominy, looks back on his dam-building days without any apologies or regrets.
Just a hatchet job
Shrink to fit
National Park Service faces mammoth reorganization.
A forester thrives in the belly of the beast
Len Lankford manages private Colorado forests for sustainable yield.
Politics can't save endangered species
We proudly say that ours is a government of laws, not of men. But there are times when we expect too much of laws and not enough of women and men. This is the case with the failure of the Endangered Species Act.
Ranchers ask: Where's the market?
From roughly 1970 through 1985, the beef industry put money and research into improving productivity instead of learning the marketing techniques that would have addressed America's changing eating habits -- and now it's in trouble.
Will politics doom the ferret?
Endangered species biologist Tim Clark has chosen to occupy a world rife with contradictions, politics and emotion.
The Forest Service meets its critics
Forest Service Chief Max Peterson comes to Casper, Wyo., and San Francisco, Calif., to speak about recreational user fees, logging subsidies and other controversial issues.
Who will inherit Wyoming?
If James Watt doesn't have the political touch to become Wyoming's next governor, who does? Perhaps the best clue can be found by looking at the present Governor, Ed Herschler, a Democrat.
James Watt lacks the touch to be Wyoming's governor
James Watt has as little chance of becoming governor of Wyoming as he has of being reappointed Secretary of Interior.
When cutting paperwork means cutting trees
Before even one complete forest plan emerged from 1979 regulations, which were the product of compromises between environmentalists and industry, the Reagan administration began to undermine them.
The price of prosperity
Wyoming's Industrial Development Information and Siting Act of 1975 has helped the town of Wheatland cope with construction of a giant coal-fired power plant. But the law hasn't been able to address familiar boom-town social ills.
Wyoming reviews national forest management
Controversy over two western Wyoming timber sales has prompted Gov. Ed Herschler to call for a re-examination of forest management policy on the Bridger-Teton, Shoshone and Big Horn National Forests.
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