Working the land back to health

March 1, 1999

David Brower tells us all environmental victories are temporary and all defeats permanent. This special issue tests that proposition, with feature articles on environmentalists seeking consensus on how to restore to the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Ariz., to health after a huge forest fire, and an effort in southeastern Oregon to bring together environmentalists, ranchers and BLM staffers to find a way to restore the badly overgrazed landscape.


Working the land back to health
An introduction to two stories in this issue describes how environmentalists are learning to use consensus to heal land thought to be damaged almost beyond healing.
Flagstaff searches for its forests' future
In the wake of a huge forest fire, environmentalists seek consensus on how to restore to health the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona.
The ranch restored: An overworked land comes back to life
In an often bumpy process, the Trout Creek Mountain Working Group tries to bring together environmentalists, ranchers and BLM staffers to find a way to restore the badly overgrazed landscape of southeastern Oregon.


'It's really a sales program'
In his own words, Henry Carey of Forest Trust says the forest fire danger is overblown.
'We need to get this stuff on the table'
In his own words, Brett KenCairn of the Grand Canyon Forests Partnership talks about educating the public about its forests.
Is there a market for tiny trees?
The Ponderosa Pine Forest Partnership in Montezuma County, Colorado, ran into trouble trying to sell the timber it had painstakingly thinned from its forests.
'I was mocked and set up'
In her own words, environmentalist Kathleen Simpson Myron explains why her disillusion led her to leave the Trout Creek Mountain Working Group.
'I will try anything'
In her own words, environmentalist Rose Strickland defends the collaborative process.
'The concept is simple'
In his own words, retired BLM range conservationist Earl McKinney talks about restoration of riparian areas.

Book Reviews

Putting grass back
A booklet, "The Mortenson Ranch: Cattle and Trees at Home on the Range," profiles one family's attempt to restore the land on their working ranch.
Three cheers for the Treemusketeers
Treemusketeers, an environmental group for young people aged 10-14, has started a recycling program in its hometown of El Segundo, Calif.
A Wyoming river needs help
A group of Wyoming fly fishers is trying to raise money to restore the Platte River in Fremont Canyon.
Giving voice to a Lakota history
"Lakota Noon: The Indian Narrative of Custer's Defeat" by Gregory F. Michno, allows the winners of the historic battle to tell their story of what happened.
Clearcut the neighborhood
"More Dogs on Main Street" by Tom Clyde is a collection of often humorous newspaper columns focused on the transformation of Park City, Utah, from a rough mountain town to a posh ski resort.
Are snowmobiles overpowering parks?
Sixty environmental groups are petitioning the Interior Department to ban snowmobiles from the 30 national parks where they are presently allowed.
Yellowstone soft on safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Yellowstone National Park for violating safety regulations for its employees.
Pipe down!
A new group called Quiet Use Coalition is trying to restrict motorized access to Colorado's Pike and San Isabel national forests, so other recreationists can enjoy some peace and quiet.
User fee critics contest report
Critics say a General Accounting Office report defending recreation fees does not give a full picture of public reaction to user fees.
Wallace Stegner Lecture Series
California's Wallace Stegner Lecture Series raises money for the Peninsula Open Space Trust's initiative to protect the San Francisco Bay Peninsula.
Beyond Borders
"Beyond Borders," a gathering for writers, will convene in Flagstaff, Ariz., March 17-21.
Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps
Teens aged 15-18 can join the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps this summer to get paid and learn about the environment.
Five Flagstaff photographers
An 80-piece photography exhibit is running until May 31 at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.
Sustaining the Missouri River for Future Generations
For the third year, Native Americans and scientists will gather to discuss "Sustaining the Missouri River for Future Generations," March 21-24, in Pierre, S.D.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
The National Park Service is accepting comments until March 5 on its General Management Plan for the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Flint Hills, Kan.
Wilderness and Spirit
"Wilderness and Spirit" is a lecture series focusing on human relationships with nature, to be held every week until the end of the April at the University of Montana's School of Forestry in Missoula.


Beware Alaskans bearing gifts
Conservative Alaska Rep. Don Young is sponsoring a bill to buy more land for the public domain, but environmentalists are not cheering.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Ferry passengers on Puget Sound; Outdoor Writers Assn. and prairie dogs; "Save the rancher" bumper sticker; sewage euphemisms; Paul Bunyan statue at Idaho school; bearded protester at Salt Lake City mall; Utah's roads need repair; ritzy Yellowstone Club.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Goodbye to Linda Bacigalupi; Writers on the Range thanks you; dishing dirt; condolences to Denise Kossler's family;


Timber takes a hit
In the Northwest, timber targets fall again as the Forest Service tries to fine-tune the Northwest Forest Plan.
A question of photography ethics
Photographer Stephen J. Krasemann is accused of baiting grizzly bears into his backyard so he could take pictures he then sold to "National Wildlife" magazine.
The Wayward West
Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. closes its polluting pulp mill; critics say USFS's moratorium on road-building not enough; Costilla County, Colo., sues Taylor Ranch; mountain plover may be listed as endangered; hunting rules for snow and Ross geese.
The long road to wilderness begins here
Environmentalists cheer and critics vow to fight U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette's 1.4 million-acre wilderness bill for western Colorado.
Private dam planned on public land
Environmentalists and the Forest Service oppose a private company's plan to dam the Dry Fork of the Little Bighorn River in Wyoming.
Fishers fail trout test
A survey shows that 70 percent of fishers on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Boise were unable to distinguish endangered bull trout from the brook or lake trout they were out to catch.
Beetle wars
The national forests on the Idaho Panhandle want to double the timber cut this summer to stop a bark-beetle explosion.
Not such a cold fish
The Bureau of Reclamation plans to send warmer water through Glen Canyon Dam to make the river more tolerable for the endangered humpback chub.
Affluent effluent stinks, too
Big Sky, Montana's plan to discharge treated sewage into the Gallatin River has environmentalists, locals and even some of the ritzy ski resort's homeowners in an uproar.
Locals rebel against road closures
Locals are protesting the Forest Service's plan to close 210 miles of old logging roads in Dixie National Forest.


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