Magazine
Who's stopping sprawl?

August 30, 1999

In this special issue: city-dwellers' usual support for the Endangered Species Act can be severely tested when an endangered species is found in or near their own backyards.

Feature

Who's stopping sprawl?
An introduction to this special issue points out that city-dwellers' usual support for the Endangered Species Act can be severely tested when an endangered species is found in or near their own backyards.
A pocket-sized bird takes on Sunbelt subdivisions
Dove Mountain, a planned mega development near rapidly growing Marana, Ariz., is put on hold when a pair of endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls are sighted, and environmentalists, developers and officials are wrangling about what should happen next.
Salmon and suburbs struggle over a Washington river
The recent listing of the Puget Sound chinook salmon as endangered puts the spotlight on "clean, green Seattle," which gets its water from the Cedar River, an important chinook habitat.
A desert boomtown comes to terms with its quiet neighbors
The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, near rapidly growing St. George, Utah, was created to protect the endangered desert tortoise, but it is still not clear how the reserve will be managed, or even if it is really protecting the tortoise.
Can the Preble's mouse trap growth on Colorado's Front Range?
The tiny Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which was recently listed as threatened, prefers the same habitat as developers do, along Colorado's rapidly urbanizing Front Range.

Sidebar

A tiny owl with a big name
Interesting facts about the cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl are listed.
An ESA cheat sheet
A glossary explains words and phrases associated with the Endangered Species Act.
The king of fish
Facts about the chinook or king salmon are listed.
The secretary speaks
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt explains why habitat conservation plans are a great tool for making the Endangered Species Act work.
Slow and steady
Some facts about the endangered desert tortoise are listed.
The city mouse
Some facts about the threatened Preble's meadow jumping mouse are listed.

Uncommon Westerners

Montana tribes bid their leader farewell
Michael T. "Mickey" Pablo, the recently deceased leader of Montana's seven Indian nations, is remembered as a fearless warrior in defense of his people, their land and treaty rights.

Book Reviews

In the new West, we're all tourists
In his new book, "Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West," author Hal K. Rothman paints a grim picture of the social damage wrought by today's industrial tourism industry.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Impotence from meat? Single wolf mom has five cubs; American vs. Tanzanian park mgmt.; Salt Lake mayoral candidate Jim Bradley is blunt; don't kiss rattlesnakes; grizzly attacks cubs in Alaska; Grand Teton's first climbers; phony Calif. loggers.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Sherman Alexie and others at the Unity Conference in Seattle; Emily Swanson and Maria Forster try to reorganize HCN; lots of letters; condolences on death of John Reubens.

News

Second tram heads for Moab
Some Moab, Utah, residents are up in arms about a developer's plans for a new tourist tram with a visitor center, store, restaurant and huge viewing deck at the top of the ride.
Trappers set free in Big Sky state
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks approves new trapping regulations that critics say offer no real changes and continue to favor trappers.
Horses shy from competition
Horses and riders are being crowded off Western trails by mountain bikers and ORVers, and some have formed the Back Country Horsemen group to fight back.
Grand Canyon development sparks debate
Canyon Forest Village, a development near the south entrance of the Grand Canyon, has been approved, but some environmentalists plan to appeal the project.
The Wayward West
USFS nixes Snowcreek golf course expansion in Ariz.; fish kill shows Salton Sea in Calif. dying; "Fee Demo Day of Protest" around West; poisoning didn't kill all Lake Davis pike; Walt Freeman must prove his mine in Siskiyou Nat'l Forest would make money.

Letters

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