Still on the hit list

  • Petroglyphs and development in Albuquerque, N.M.

    Ike Eastvold photo
  When the Wilderness Society released a list of the 10 most endangered wild places in the U.S. last year, it hoped media attention would slow down the development threatening these unique areas. But this year's list has been expanded to 15 sites, and only one area dropped off the list because of increased protection. The proposed expansion of military overflights in the West (HCN, 4/13/98) has put three sites on the list - southern Arizona's Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Idaho's Owyhee Canyonlands, and the Mojave Desert. The usual suspects - proposed oil and gas drilling and clear-cutting - are responsible for the listing of several other sites in the West, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Badger-Two Medicine Wilderness in Montana, Washington's Cascade Crest, Routt National Forest in Colorado, and southern Utah's redrock country. Planned roadbuilding threatens Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico and Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in the Aleutian Islands.

For a copy of the report, released July 1, write to the Wilderness Society at 900 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006-2596, call 202/833-2300. or go to the group's Web page at

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