Items by Paul Larmer

Utah escapes missiles
U.S. Army decides not to launch missiles from Green River, Utah, and shoot them down over New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range.
Congress pushes unfettered salvage logging
U.S. House of Representatives passes a salvage logging bill that would nearly double the timber harvest on national forests.
Bill would fight fire with chain saws
Idaho Sen. Larry Craig proposes a bill to give fast-track approval to timber sales in forests at "high risk" for fire danger.
Salmon plan attacked
Environmentalists are critical of government's latest plan to save salmon.
Idaho salmon suit angers locals
Judge rules that six Idaho national forests must cease mining, logging and grazing until effects on salmon are studied.
Forest Service may finally evaluate grazing
Environmental lawsuit demands the Forest Service do analyses for 150 grazing allotments on the Beaverhead National Forest.
Coming soon: A leaner, more ecological agency
Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas unveils plan to "reinvent" the agency over the next two years.
Northwest council says salmon should float
Northwest Power Planning Council approves plan to draw down Snake River reservoirs to aid salmon migration.
Election '94 postmortem
Environmentalists' nightmares come true in '94 election.
Environmentalists mostly skunked by Congress
Environmentalists fare poorly in the 103rd Congress.
Salmon win again (in court)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Northwest Power Planning Council and in favor of salmon.
As elections near, green hopes wilt
Environmentalists face upcoming elections with some anxiety.
False alarm
General Accounting Office report proves that environmental nonprofits do not make money on land transactions.
To learn more: a list of sources
Brief reviews of books and other references for planners.
'Wise use' plans abhor change
Wise-use groups resist any attempt to restrict land use.
Some state governments try planning from top down
Oregon's 21-year-old land-use law survives challenges but Colorado fails to follow its lead.
When planning plays catch-up
A recent real estate boom tempers one Colorado town's enthusiasm for growth.
Boulder's ingenuity has a few drawbacks
Boulder's innovative land use and planning have spawned a few problems of their own.
A soft-paths approach to land conservation
One approach to land use is to create private, nonprofit land trusts.
A toolbox to shape the future
Planning tools used in the West vary greatly from community to community.
Can planning rein in a stampede?
The uncontrolled growth of Western states makes planning essential.
Regional wilderness bill gets a hearing
Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA), which would establish wilderness in five Western states, has little chance of passing.
New plan will protect salmon habitat
"Pacfish" proposal would protect riparian areas of northwest.
The salmon win one
Ruling calls for major reevaluation of Columbia and Snake river dams.
Fly-by tourism may be throttled at Grand Canyon
New rules may curb sightseeing flights over Grand Canyon.
Miners hope to become subdividers
Mid-Continent Resources wants to develop land to help pay for mine cleanup.
State land lease in Idaho goes to the low bidder
Idaho Watersheds Project loses bid for public land to ranchers Will and Vangie Ingram.
Wise-use ordinances suffer legal setback
Boundary County land-use plan found unconstitutional.
Sierra Club to back big wildlands bill
The Sierra Club joins the Alliance for the Wild Rockies in backing the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.
Battle for Montana wilderness enters its 16th round
Rep. Pat Williams introduces the Montana Wilderness Act for the 16th time, amidst disagreements between The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, The Sierra Club and other members of the environmentalist community.
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